Socceroos announce squad for 2018 World Cup Qualifiers

Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou has named an experienced squad for Australia’s two World Cup Qualifiers next month. 

It’s only the second time that Postecoglou has named a squad with no uncapped players. A perfect start is pivotal for the Socceroos as they prepare for the final phase of qualifying.

Australia will play their first Group B game against Iraq in Perth (1 September) and then the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi (6 September). 

Postecoglou believes every player in the squad must be fit and ready for a massive 12 months ahead.

“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. I believe we have the squad to get us off to a good start.”

Qualifying out of the group will be no walk in the park for the Socceroos. They face arch-rivals Japan, and also Iraq and UAE who proved to be no pushovers in last years Asian Cup.


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)

 

 

 

Ari Charilaou