CM – A-League contingent rewarded with a Socceroos call


A-League players make up almost a third of the Socceroos squad for next month’s World Cup qualification against Kuwait, Chinese Taipei, Nepal and Jordan in Kuwait City.

Of the 31-man Socceroos have 10 A-League squads, including trio Ruon Tongyik (Central Coast Mariners), Denis Genreau (Macarthur FC) and Connor Metcalfe (Melbourne City).

Other players in the squad include midfielder Kenny Dougall Blackpool, Croatian-born right-back Fran Karacic from Brescia, midfielder Riley McGree from Birmingham City and goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas from SønderjyskE Fodbold.

Former Melbourne Victory glove maker Thomas, is one of four goalkeepers who along with Mat Ryan of Arsenal, Andrew Redmayne of Sydney FC and Danny Vukovic, who has not played club football since leaving Belgium in March, to return to Australia.

Rukavytsya, who is in Israel for Maccabi Haifa plays, has not represented Australia since 2018, while Holland’s most recent of its 15 Socceroos internationals took place in Austria seven years ago.

« We have selected a balanced squad that combines youth and experience, but also players for their outstanding performance Rewarded in their clubs for the past six to twelve months, « said Graham Arnold, Socceroos coach.

 » I’ve said many times that I believe the Socceroos’ strength lies in their young players.

« Together with my staff, I can’t wait to work with the many fresh faces in this squad as we continue to build the depth of the national team. »

« We are also excited to work with the experienced and high-ranking players that we will have

Together we will strive for the next qualifying round with eight wins.

 » Our expanded squad at 31 Gamers gives us the flexibility and adaptability we need when playing four games in 12 days. The acclimatization and preparation time that half of our squad will have here in the UAE will be crucial for the first two games in Kuwait.

“It’s no secret that we originally named this squad last week. However, some challenges with Covid, as well as some injuries and personal circumstances, have resulted in some players being banned from final settlement.

Socceroos squad: Aziz Behich (Kayserispor, Turkey), Brandon Borrello (Fortuna Düsseldorf, Germany), Martin Boyle (Hibernian, Scotland), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool, England) , Mitchell Duke (Western) Sydney Wanderers), Denis Genreau (Macarthur FC), Apostolos Giannou (OFI Crete, Greece), Curtis Good (Melbourne City), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), James Holland (LASK Linz, Austria), Ajdin Hrustic (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany)), Chris Ikonomidis (Perth Glory), Jackson Irvine (Hibernian, Scotland), Fran Karacic (Brescia Calcio, Italy), Mathew Leckie (Hertha BSC, Germany), Awer Mabil (FC Midtjylland, Denmark) , Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City) Ryan McGowan (Sydney FC), Riley McGree (Birmingham City FC, England), Connor Metcalfe (Melbourne City), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Mathew Ryan ( Arsenal, England) Trent Sainsbury (KV Kortrijk, Belgium), Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders, USA) , Harry Souttar (Stoke City, England)), Adam Taggart (Cerezo Osaka, Japan),

Lawrence Thomas (SønderjyskE Fodbold, Denmark), Ruon Tongyik (Mariners on the Central Coast, Danny Vukovic, KRC Genk, Belgium) .


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