Squad Status: Ryan scoops No.3 PL ranking heading into World Cup

Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his extended 26-man Caltex Socceroos squad and three goalkeepers are on the plane to Turkey for a pre-FIFA World Cup training camp.

Mathew Ryan, Danny Vukovic and Brad Jones are the three who now look set, injuries aside, to make the final 23-man squad for Russia.

Yet the No.1 spot is still up for grabs, with all three enjoying strong club seasons which could see them carry in form and confidence to impress van Marwijk and his team.

READ: van Marwijk confirms his 26-man extended FIFA World Cup squad

READ: Maty Ryan's final day heroics with seven saves against Liverpool

READ: Danny Vukovic claims Player of the Season honours in Belgium

Here’s the Squad Status of our three goalkeepers picked in van Marwijk’s Caltex Socceroos extended squad ...

MATHEW RYAN (Brighton and Hove Albion, England)

Games played: 38 (3420 minutes)

Games played in the last three months: 11 (990 minutes)

The story of his season:

Ryan’s Brighton sealed their Premier League survival which means it was a huge success – and the Aussie played a big part.

With 10 cleansheets across his 38 league appearances, Ryan made an incredible 124 saves (3.3 per game) which saw him rank third in the entire Premier League.

Not only was Ryan third for saves, he was also ranked third in the Premier League for overperforming on 'Expected Goals'. According to StatsBombtwo keepers in the Premier League consistently made more saves than Ryan than they were expected to make based on the quality of shots faced.

Mathew Ryan has been a standout in the Premier League

"As a group we set a number of goals in a number of aspects of the game and ten clean sheets was one of them,” Ryan said in the Sussex Express.

He added: "Getting towards the end of the season it didn't look as though it would come about but we've got there and I'm over the moon."

Ryan was crucial for his team, pulling off two penalties saves – including a season defining one in stoppage time stop to deny Stoke City’s Charlie Adam. He also made a fine second half save in the 2-1 home win over Arsenal, which took them to 34 points and then kept a clean sheet against Manchester United which secured their top flight status.


Games played: 43 (3960 minutes)

Games played in the last three months: 13 (1200 minutes)

The story of his season:

It was a mixed debut season for Vukovic, who joined KRC Genk after his fine form with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League.

After missing Genk’s first game of the Belgium Pro League season through injury, Vukovic quickly established himself as No.1 – making 43 appearances in all competitions.

Of those 43 appearances, Vukovic kept 12 clean sheets – including 10 in the league to finish 3rd in the Golden Glove standings.



Yet Vukovic admitted himself that it wasn’t the finest season of his career, despite being voted by his own fans as Player of the Year on the final home game of the season.

"Look, I certainly did not have the best season in my career,” Vukovic told HLN.be. “A few times I had a bad on my conscience, I realise that too.”

BRAD JONES (Feyenoord, Netherlands)

Games played: 43 (3780 minutes)

Games played in the last three months: 11 (990 minutes)

The story of his season:

Jones helped Feyenoord clinch the Dutch Eredivisie title last season, but it wasn’t to be for the club this year.

They ended the league season in fourth place, behind PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, but Jones was again the main shot stopper for his club.

Brad Jones
Brad Jones in action for Feyenoord

The former Liverpool FC and Middlesbrough keeper played a total of 43 games in all competitions this season, keeping 10 clean sheets in the league.

Interestingly for Jones, he comes into Caltex Socceroos camp having missed the final two Eredivisie games for Feyenoord, with young shot stopper Justin Bijlow preferred between the sticks.

When asked about the decision to leave Jones, who has one more year left on his contract, on the bench, coach Giovanni van Bronkhurst said: "Why not? I just choose the best and do not look at age."