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Caltex Socceroos squad named for World Cup qualifiers
« on: August 17, 2016, 11:33:37 AM »
Caltex Socceroos squad named for World Cup qualifiers

 Wednesday, 17 August 2016  - 
Staff writer

The Caltex Socceroos will face Iraq and UAE in the opening 2018 FIFA World Cup final stage qualifiers at full strength with coach Ange Postecoglou selecting an experienced and powerful 23-man squad for the first two matches early next month.

For just the second time in his tenure, Postecoglou has named a squad with no uncapped players as the Caltex Socceroos look to get off to a flying start against Iraq in Perth (1 September) and then the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi (6 September).

?This squad sets us up well for the huge challenge we have ahead over the next 12 months to qualify for the World Cup but importantly it is specific to the first task at hand, which is Iraq in Perth and then the UAE in Abu Dhabi,? Postecoglou said.

?Both Iraq and UAE present challenges for us and every player will need to be ready to hit the ground running. As has been the case right through, form and fitness are central to the squad we?ve selected and I believe we have the squad to get us off to a good start.

?Some of our players have made moves during the off season and I?m pleased that the vast majority will come into the camp with a good pre season and a few meaningful matches under their belt.?

The squad not only reflects the importance of starting this phase of World Cup Qualification strongly but the journey the Socceroos have lived since Postecoglou became Head Coach in 2013. The current squad, which has evolved over the last three years, now have an average of 23 caps.

?The first 18 months was about putting together a team to do Australia proud at the 2014 World Cup and to win the Asian Cup,? Postecoglou said. ?We then moved into a phase of building depth to grow the pool of players who could do the job at an international level, while negotiating the first stage of Qualifiers.

?We?ve now arrived at the final stage of World Cup Qualifying where we will face a stronger group of opponents in testing conditions and we are comfortable that we have a core group of players with a stronger base of international experience.

?In saying that, we have a much broader group of players that we know we can rely on and others from outside the group will make a strong contribution in the coming months, particularly from within the A-League, which is yet to get underway for this season.?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - Match Details

Caltex Socceroos v Iraq                         
1 September 2016
Perth Rectangular Stadium
6.30pm kick off (8.30pm AEST)


United Arab Emirates v Caltex Socceroos
6 September 2016
Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
7.30pm kick off (1.30am AEST Wednesday 7 September)

Tickets for the Australia v Iraq match in Perth can be purchased through www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

Caltex Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers v Iraq and UAE

Name
Club, Country
A International Caps (Goals)
 

Nathan BURNS
F.C. Tokyo, JAPAN
22 (3)
 
Tim CAHILL
Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA
91 (47)
 
Milos DEGENEK
TSV 1860 Munchen, GERMANY
3 (0)
 
Adam FEDERICI
A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND
16 (0)
 
Alex GERSBACH
Rosenborg BK, NORWAY
2 (0)
 
Apostolos GIANNOU
Guangzhou R&F F.C., CHINA
3 (0)
 
Chris IKONOMIDIS
S.S. Lazio, ITALY
6 (0)
 
Jackson IRVINE
Burton Albion FC, ENGLAND
4 (0)
 
Mile JEDINAK
Crystal Palace F.C, ENGLAND
64 (12)
 
Tomi JURIC
FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND
16 (2)
 
Robbie KRUSE
Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY
43 (4)
 
Mitchell LANGERAK
VfB Stuttgart, GERMANY
6 (0)
 
Mathew LECKIE
FC Ingolstadt 04, GERMANY
31 (3)
 
Massimo LUONGO
Queens Park Rangers F.C., ENGLAND
20 (4)
 
Ryan MCGOWAN
Henan Jianye F.C., CHINA
16 (0)
 
Mark MILLIGAN
Baniyas F.C., UAE
49 (5)
 
Aaron MOOY
Huddersfield Town FC, ENGLAND
16 (5)
 
Tommy ROGIC
Celtic FC, SCOTLAND
18 (5)
 
Mathew RYAN
Valencia CF, SPAIN
25 (0)
 
Trent SAINSBURY
Jiangsu Suning F.C., CHINA
16 (2)
 
Brad SMITH
A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND
9 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC
Hangzhou Greentown F.C., CHINA
30 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT
Preston North End F.C, ENGLAND
12 (1)
 
http://www.socceroos.com.au/article/ange-postecoglou-names-caltex-socceroos-squad-for-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers/152u0h1h10ngm1obdh2ui7w4yi
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