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)|
|Ryan MCGOWAN||Al-Sharjah SCC, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||20 (0)|
|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)|