Graham Arnold names first Caltex Socceroos squad on journey to Qatar 2022

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today announced the 23 players that have been selected to represent Australia in the nation’s first qualification match on the road to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

Arnold's squad, which features a host of players that have made positive and impressive starts to their club campaigns at home or abroad, will play Kuwait on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 (local time) after spending a week acclimatising in the Middle East at a training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Arnold’s first selection on the journey to Qatar 2022 features a blend of international experience, and will offer further deserved opportunities to numerous players at relatively early stages of their respective senior international careers. 

“I have spent the past month in Europe with one of my Assistants, Rene Meulensteen, watching and speaking with our players and their coaches and we have been delighted with what we have seen and heard,” Arnold said. 


“The players that have been selected in this squad are fit and ready to go, while many, such as Brandon Borrello at Freiburg, Ajdin Hrustic at Groningen, Milos Degenek at Red Star Belgrade, Adam Taggart at Suwon Bluewings, Jackson Irvine at Hull City, and Harry Souttar at Fleetwood Town, have made very positive contributions with their clubs.

“Our June camp and friendly in Busan was a really important time for us. While many of the senior players that had participated in three major tournaments since 2017 were left out to give them a chance to refresh mentally and physically, many young and emerging players were given the chance to enter or re-enter the set-up, which has helped us to develop our depth,” he said.

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Arnold’s squad for September’s FIFA window features 12 players with ten or fewer caps, highlighting the rejuvenation that is continuing within the Socceroos’ set-up.

“I find it exciting for the Socceroos and the nation that there were so many more players in contention for this squad, and am expecting healthy competition for places in the starting side for Kuwait and our upcoming qualification matches as we target a winning start on our journey to Qatar,” Arnold concluded. 

Following Australia’s qualification opener against Kuwait, the Caltex Socceroos will play Nepal in Canberra on October 10, Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung on October 15, and Jordan in Jordan on November 14.  

Tickets for Australia’s home match against Nepal at Canberra’s GIO Stadium are on sale now (visit www.socceroos.com.au for details). 

Caltex Socceroos 23-Player Squad | 2-10 September 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

6 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Istanbul Başakşehir, Turkey

36 (2)

Brandon BORRELLO

SC Freiburg, Germany

1 (0)

Milos DEGENEK

Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

26 (1)

Apostolos GIANNOU

AEK Larnaca, Cyprus

10 (2)

Craig GOODWIN

Al-Wehda, Saudi Arabia

4 (0)

Rhyan GRANT

Sydney FC, Australia

8 (0)

Ajdin HRUSTIC

FC Groningen, Netherlands

1 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City, England

30 (3)

James JEGGO

Austria Wien, Austria

2 (0)

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

Nagoya Grampus, Japan

8 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, Germany

61 (9)

Massimo LUONGO

Sheffield Wednesday, England

43 (6)

Awer MABIL

FC Midtylland, Denmark

10 (4)

Jamie MACLAREN

Melbourne City FC, Australia

13 (1)

Mark MILLIGAN

Southend United, England

79 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Brighton & Hove Albion, England

39 (5)

Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk)

Sydney FC, Australia

1 (0)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion, England

55 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Maccabi Haifa, Israel

46 (3)

Brad SMITH

Seattle Sounders FC, United States of America

20 (0)

Harry SOUTTAR

Fleetwood Town, England

0 (0)

Adam TAGGART

Suwon Bluewings, Korea Republic

8 (3)

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

Kuwait v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Venue: Kuwait Club Stadium, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Kick-off: 6.30pm (local); 1.30am + 1 (AEST)

Australia v Nepal
Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Tickets: Tickets on sale via www.socceroos.com.au
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, Kayo Sports, and via the My Football Live App, Live, Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers

Chinese Taipei v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Venue: National Stadium, Kaohsiung 
Kick-off: 7.40pm (local); 10.40pm (AEDT)

Jordan v Australia
Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019
Venue: TBC, Jordan
Kick-off: TBC

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