SOCCEROOS SQUAD NAMED FOR CRUCIAL HONDURAS PLAY-OFF
Tuesday 31 October 2017 12:00am
- Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has named a 25-player squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off against Honduras;
- Captain Mile Jedinak returns to the Socceroo squad for the do-or-die clash;
- Tickets to the second leg at Stadium Australia on 15 November are on sale now www.socceroos.com.au/tickets;
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 (ANZ Stadium) in Sydney on Wednesday 15 November 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 Socceroo 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,” Postecoglou concluded.
After finalising commitments with their club sides this weekend, the Caltex Socceroos will begin to assemble in San Pedro Sula from Sunday 5 November 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 12 November 2017.
To purchase tickets to the home leg at Stadium Australia in Sydney 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 10 November 2017 and Sydney, Australia – Wednesday 15 November 2017).
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/td>||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)|
2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 1st leg
Honduras v Caltex Socceroos
Friday 10 November 2017
Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 9am (AEDT – Saturday 11 November 2017)
2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) 2nd leg
Caltex Socceroos v Honduras
Wednesday 15 November 2017
Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia
Kick-off: 8pm (AEDT)