Caltex Socceroos squad for March WC qualifiers

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Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has recalled experienced trio Robbie Kruse, Matthew Spiranovic and Mitch Langerak and included a host of fresh faces in the squad for crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Adelaide and Sydney later this month.

Postecoglou has made nine changes to the squad that defeated Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh last November with uncapped players Jason Geria, Alex Gerbasch and Apostolos Giannou joined by Brad Smith, Chris Ikonomidis and Terry Antonis.

“It’s great to be able to bring experienced players like Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak and Matthew Spiranovic back into the squad after missing recent matches but it is equally exciting to see how a fresh crop of young players can fit into how we train and what we are trying to achieve,” Postecoglou said.

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“We’ve worked hard on creating depth over the last two years and we now have a very solid and experienced spine to this team but we must also continually give players an opportunity if we want to make an impact on the world stage.

“This squad contains a group of young players who we are bringing in while they are in form and taking good strides forward both here in the Hyundai A-League and at various leagues around the world.

“Getting that balance between winning football matches and giving players an opportunity is something we have been doing for two years and during that time we have had success and haven’t been let down by any of the young players.”

The Caltex Socceroos go into the final two matches in this stage of FIFA World Cup Qualifying on top of Group B and will progress to the next round if they finish on top of Group B or finish as one of the best four second-placed teams from the eight groups.

“We are faced with two very important World Cup Qualifiers against Tajikistan in Adelaide and then Jordan in Sydney,” Postecoglou said. “We have seen throughout the qualifiers that these teams offer unique challenges and this will be no different.

“The primary focus for us is to make sure we continue to play our brand of football that will deliver short term success while building towards the bigger picture.

“This is the first time we have had back to back matches in Australia during this World Cup qualifying campaign and we look forward to seeing the Socceroo fans in Adelaide and Sydney come out to get behind the team.”

The Caltex Socceroos matches against Tajikistan (Adelaide) and Jordan (Sydney) will be broadcast exclusively LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on a one hour delay on SBS.

Caltex Socceroo 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - Match Details

Australia v Tajikistan                                       Australia v Jordan

​​​​​24 March 2016                                                 29 March 2016 

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide                                Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick off 7.30pm (8pm AEDT)                         8pm kick off (AEDT)

Tickets for the Australia v Tajikistan match in Adelaide and the Australia v Jordan match in Sydney are available at www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

Caltex Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers v Tajikistan and Jordan

 Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Terry ANTONIS

PAOK, GREECE

3 (0)

Nathan BURNS

F.C. Tokyo, JAPAN

18 (1)

Tim CAHILL

Hangzhou Greentown F.C., CHINA

88 (45)

Adam FEDERICI

A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND

15 (0)

Jason GERIA

Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA

-

Alex GERSBACH

Rosenborg BK, NORWAY

-

Apostolos GIANNOU

Guangzhou R&F F.C., CHINA

-

Chris IKONOMIDIS

U.S. Salernitana 1919, ITALY

2 (0)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace F.C, ENGLAND

61 (11)

Robbie KRUSE

Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY

38 (4)

Mitchell LANGERAK

VfB Stuttgart, GERMANY

6 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

FC Ingolstadt 04, GERMANY

28 (2)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers F.C., ENGLAND

17 (2)

Ryan MCGOWAN

Henan Jianye F.C., CHINA

14 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Baniyas F.C., UAE

44 (4)

Aaron MOOY

Melbourne City F.C, AUSTRALIA

11 (4)

Josh RISDON

Perth Glory FC, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Tommy ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

13 (2)

Mathew RYAN

Valencia CF, SPAIN

21 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Jiangsu Suning F.C., CHINA

12 (1)

Brad SMITH

Liverpool FC, ENGLAND

4 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Hangzhou Greentown F.C., CHINA

30 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT

Preston North End F.C, ENGLAND

8 (1)

FIFA World Cup Qualification: AFC Second Round – Group B Standings

Group B

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

Australia

6

5

0

1

17

3

14

15

Jordan

6

4

1

1

12

2

10

13

Kyrgyzstan

7

3

2

2

9

8

1

11

Tajikistan

6

1

2

3

9

12

-3

5

Bangladesh

7

0

1

6

2

24

-22

1

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