Ange Postecoglou looks set to continue with a back three for the Caltex Socceroos’ last two FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.
The Socceroos boss named six central defenders in his initial 30-man squad on Tuesday, including two new faces who missed the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Which defenders do you think should make next week's final 23? Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page.
The ex-Sydney FC man has earned his first senior call-up after a superb campaign in the K-League with Suwon Bluewings. Is match-fit, in form and with a strong left foot will provide great balance to the defence.
Hasn’t featured in 2017 due to injury but is back to fitness playing in China’s second division with Hangzhou Greentown.
One of Australia’s best performers at the FIFA Confederations Cup, although he hasn’t played a competitive match since the Caltex Socceroos’ exploits in Russia.
The Japanese-based defender is a regular in Ange’s squads these days and is playing regularly with Yokohama F. Marinos.
Enjoyed a strong start to the season in the Championship with Bristol City, where he is the skipper. Played a full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Birmingham City last weekend.
McGowan is one of the more experienced members of the squad with 20 caps to his name. He’s currently at Chinese Super League club Guizhou Zhicheng although hasn’t featured in the last few CSL matches.
Which defenders will make the final 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad?
Cahill's Jamshedpur remain unbeaten in Indian Super League
Tim Cahill’s unbeaten start to life in the Indian Super League has continued with his Jamshedpur drawing 1-1 with ATK overnight. In his first home appearance for his new club, Australia’s greatest-ever goalscorer started in attack and played 74 minutes before he was substitute
Aussies Abroad: Milestone moment for Leckie in Bundesliga
Mathew Leckie has reached an impressive milestone after again featuring for Hertha Berlin as they continued their strong start to the season in the Bundesliga. The Caltex Socceroos winger came off the bench for the last 28 minutes as Hertha drew 1-1 with Freiburg in Berlin.
Aussies Abroad: Rogic stars in clash of Caltex Socceroos, Ryan and Mabil impress
In-form Caltex Socceroos star Tom Rogic produced a man-of-the-match performance in Celtic’s 4-2 Scottish Premiership win over Hibernian on Sunday morning (AEDT). Rogic - who netted in Australia’s 4-0 friendly win over Kuwait on Tuesday - scored an outstanding goal and then pro
Milicic ‘extremely proud’ of Young Socceroos comeback
Young Socceroos boss Ante Milicic praised his side’s “strong Australian mentality” after they battled back to salvage a 1-1 draw in their AFC U-19 Championship opener against Korea Republic. Melbourne City’s Ramy Najjarine came off the bench to score a stunning 89th-minute equ