Strong Caltex Socceroos squad set for Canberra & Kaohsiung

A strong Caltex Socceroos squad will arrive in Canberra early next week eager to build upon Australia’s great start to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualification.

Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold announced Australia’s squad for October’s FIFA window today, with important fixtures against Nepal in the nation’s capital (October 10) and Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung (October 15) on the horizon.

The bulk of the Socceroos’ squad that recorded a dominant 3-0 win over Kuwait in Kuwait City last month will take part in Australia’s next two fixtures.

Defender Trent Sainsbury who is managing a minor injury is absent, with experienced Bristol City defender Bailey Wright, who has 23 international caps to his credit, returning to Arnold’s roster.

Socceroos skipper Mark Milligan, who has played significant minutes for Southend United after he was withdrawn from Australia’s squad in September due to a minor leg injury, also returns. 

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“Our group did very well in their first qualifier away from home, so I am pleased to be able maintain significant consistency within the squad as we seek to build upon our strong start to qualifying for Qatar,” Arnold said.

“Trent (Sainsbury) is managing a minor injury but remains on standby for the squad should we need to call him in. Bailey (Wright) is a big part of our plans and a great player and person to have in the squad, so we are pleased that he will be with us this month.

“Many of the players in our squad for this window have impressed with their clubs since our win in Kuwait, so we are confident that they will arrive ready to put on great performances both home and away.”

Australia’s players will convene in Canberra from Monday onwards. A fan meet and greet will be held on Monday, 7 October 2019 at Deakin Stadium from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, before the Socceroos take on Nepal on Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 8.00pm (AEDT).

Tickets for next Thursday’s match between Australia and Nepal are available via www.socceroos.com.au.

The fixture will also be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.

Caltex Socceroos 23-Player Squad | 7-15 October 2019 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ & AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Mustafa AMINI

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

7 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Istanbul Başakşehir, Turkey

37 (2)

Brandon BORRELLO

SC Freiburg, Germany

2 (0)

Milos DEGENEK

Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

27 (1)

Apostolos GIANNOU

AEK Larnaca, Cyprus

11 (2)

Craig GOODWIN

Al-Wehda, Saudi Arabia

4 (0)

Rhyan GRANT

Sydney FC, Australia

9 (0)

Ajdin HRUSTIC

FC Groningen, Netherlands

1 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City, England

31 (3)

James JEGGO

Austria Wien, Austria

3 (0)

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

Nagoya Grampus, Japan

8 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, Germany

62 (11)

Massimo LUONGO

Sheffield Wednesday, England

43 (6)

Awer MABIL

FC Midtylland, Denmark

11 (4)

Jamie MACLAREN

Melbourne City FC, Australia

13 (1)

Mark MILLIGAN (C)

Southend United, England

79 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Brighton & Hove Albion, England

40 (6)

Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk)

Sydney FC, Australia

1 (0)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion, England

56 (0)

Brad SMITH

Seattle Sounders FC, United States of America

20 (0)

Harry SOUTTAR

Fleetwood Town, England

0 (0)

Adam TAGGART

Suwon Bluewings, Korea Republic

9 (3)

Bailey WRIGHT

Bristol City, England

23 (1)


Next Match – Caltex Socceroos – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2

Australia v Nepal
Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 8.00pm (AEDT)
Tickets: Tickets on sale via www.socceroos.com.au
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, ABC TV, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers