Postecoglou announces latest Caltex Socceroos squad

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has made three changes for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah (6 October) and Japan at Docklands Stadium on Tuesday 11 October.

Reliable defender Bailey Wright comes back into the squad after missing the first two matches through injury while Postecoglou has called up youngsters Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo after strong starts to the domestic season in Europe.

The squad will start arriving into Jeddah on Sunday 2 October for the match against a Saudi Arabian side that also won its first two matches last month before returning to Melbourne for the glamour clash with Japan at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.

“We’ve made a couple of slight tweaks to the squad in line with our mantra of selecting players who are in form and fitness and we’d like to have a good look at Craig Goodwin and James Jeggo, who have started their seasons well in Europe,” Postecoglou said.

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“Bailey Wright also comes back in after he missed the first two matches through injury and we go to Saudi Arabia and then back to Melbourne with a squad we are comfortable can continue the good start we achieved last month."

Central defender: Bailey Wright

The Caltex Socceroos face a top of the group clash with Saudi Arabia, who defeated Thailand and Iraq in their first two matches, before taking on arch rivals Japan in what shapes as a tough test.

“When the draw was released we acknowledged that this window was a real challenge with a very tough away game followed by the clash with Japan at home but that doesn’t mean we stray from the way we prepare ourselves for every match,” Postecoglou said.

“These two games come pretty quickly after the two matches we played against Iraq and the UAE and we face similar challenges against tough opposition but we are confident in our processes and planning.

“We will take the game to both opponents and trust ourselves that we can meet the challenges we face in Saudi Arabia and then back in Melbourne with strong performances and a professional application to the task at hand.”

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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - Match Details

Saudi Arabia v Caltex Socceroos

Thursday 6 October 2016

King Abdullah Stadium, Jeddah

8.45pm kick off (4.45am Friday AEDT)


Caltex Socceroos v Japan

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Docklands Stadium, Melbourne

8pm kick off (AEDT)

Caltex Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers v Saudi Arabia and Japan

 Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Tim CAHILL

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

92 (48)

Milos DEGENEK

TSV 1860 Munchen, GERMANY

4 (0)

Adam FEDERICI

A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND

16 (0)

Alex GERSBACH

Rosenborg BK, NORWAY

2 (0)

Craig GOODWIN

Sparta Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

3 (0)

Chris IKONOMIDIS

Aarhus Gymnastikforening, DENMARK

6 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Burton Albion FC, ENGLAND

5 (0)

Mile JEDINAK

Aston Villa F.C, ENGLAND

65 (12)

James JEGGO

SK Sturm Graz, AUSTRIA

-

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

18 (3)

Robbie KRUSE

Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY

45 (4)

Mitchell LANGERAK

VfB Stuttgart, GERMANY

6 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

FC Ingolstadt 04, GERMANY

33 (3)

Massimo LUONGO 

Queens Park Rangers F.C., ENGLAND

22 (5)

Ryan MCGOWAN

Henan Jianye F.C., CHINA

17 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Baniyas F.C., UAE

51 (5)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

18 (5)

Tommy ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

20 (5)

Mathew RYAN

Valencia CF, SPAIN

27 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Jiangsu Suning F.C., CHINA

18 (2)

Brad SMITH

A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND

11 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Hangzhou Greentown F.C., CHINA

31 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT

Preston North End FC, ENGLAND

12 (1)