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Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match between the Socceroos and Syria at ANZ Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

Postecoglou finalises squad to face Honduras

Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has today named a 25-player squad for November’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) against Honduras.

Postecoglou’s squad will be bolstered by the addition of two players who are suspended for the first leg, Melbourne Victory midfielder Mark Milligan and Hertha BSC flyer Mathew Leckie, for the second leg at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

The latest Caltex Socceroos squad features some fresh faces from the team’s recent series success over Syria. Mile Jedinak returns to the Caltex Socceroos squad having last played against Saudi Arabia in June this year.

At the weekend Jedinak returned to action for his club side, Aston Villa, in England’s Championship. Norway-based defender Alex Gersbach also returns to Postecoglou’s latest squad, as does uncapped Austria-based midfielder James Jeggo.

Postecoglou is confident that the group selected to tackle Honduras in San Pedro Sula and Sydney represents a good combination of experience and form.

“It has been pleasing to see so many of our players performing strongly for their clubs domestically and abroad, and I believe that puts us in good stead for our upcoming play-off matches,” said Postecoglou.

“With two games in five days and extensive travel between the fixtures, every member of our squad will play an important role this November.

“We’ll be looking to get positive result in San Pedro Sula, before aiming to seal a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in front of our home fans in Sydney.”

After finalising commitments with their club sides this weekend, the Caltex Socceroos will begin to assemble in San Pedro Sula from Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The Caltex Socceroos will hold up to four training sessions in Honduras to acclimatise to the local conditions prior to the first leg.

The Caltex Socceroos will return to Australia on Sunday, November 12, 2017. To purchase tickets to the home leg at Stadium Australia in Sydney please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

Caltex Socceroos 25-player squad for the following matches:

2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) v Honduras (San Pedro Sula, Honduras – Friday, November 10, 2017 and Sydney, Australia – Wednesday, November 15, 2017)

Name Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, TURKEY 17 (2)
Tim CAHILL Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA 103 (50)
Milos DEGENEK Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN 14 (0)
Alex GERSBACH Rosenborg BK, NORWAY 4 (0)
Craig GOODWIN Sparta Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS 3 (0)
Jackson IRVINE Hull City AFC, ENGLAND 14 (1)
Mile JEDINAK Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND 71 (15)
James JEGGO SK Sturm Graz, AUSTRIA 0 (0)
Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND 30 (8)
Matthew JURMAN Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC 2 (0)
Robbie KRUSE VfL Bochum, GERMANY 59 (5)
Mitchell LANGERAK (GK) Levante UD, SPAIN 8 (0)
Mathew LECKIE Hertha BSC, GERMANY 48 (6)
Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND 31 (5)
Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA 63 (6)
Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND 28 (5)
Josh RISDON Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA 4 (0)
Tom ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND 31 (7)
Nikita RUKAVYTSYA Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL 15 (1)
Mathew RYAN (GK) Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND 39 (0)
Trent SAINSBURY Jiangsu Suning FC, CHINA 31 (3)
James TROISI Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA 35 (5)
Daniel VUKOVIC (GK) KRC Genk, BELGIUM 0 (0)
Bailey WRIGHT Bristol City FC, ENGLAND 19 (1)


Match Details: 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 1st leg Honduras v Caltex Socceroos Friday, November 10, 2017 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras Kick-off: 4pm (local); 9am (AEDT – Saturday, November 11, 2017)

2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 2nd leg Caltex Socceroos v Honduras Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT) Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and the Nine Network.

Ticket Details For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets