Ange Postecoglou has today named the Socceroos squad for the opening 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek on 16th June.
The 23 man squad which includes 19 members of the successful Asian Cup team will meet in Dubai for a week long camp before travelling to Bishkek.
“This is the start of the next chapter in our journey and we are all excited about what lies ahead over the next two years,” Postecoglou said. “We’ve been open in our desire to make an impact at the 2018 World Cup but first we need to qualify and that task is immediately in front of us.
“We’ve selected a relatively settled squad made up of the core of players that brought success at the Asian Cup but also the core of players that will take us through to the next World Cup.
“Before we travel to Bishkek for the match against Kyrgyzstan we have a week long camp in Dubai and it is a good opportunity to work hard with the core group of players who have been exposed to international football and the style of football we want to play.
“We’ll work on building a strong base and then over the next two years we can expose more players to the squad as form and fitness warrants selection but those players will come into a settled unit when they get an opportunity.”
“No Australian football team has ever been to Kyrgyzstan so we have done a lot of research, including a reconnaissance trip to Bishkek, to make sure we are well prepared for what will not be an easy task.”
“We go to Bishkek with the utmost respect for Kyrgyzstan and we know that we will have to be at our best to get off to a winning start.”
Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Kyrgyzstan
Aziz Behich – Bursaspor, Turkey
Oliver Bozanic – FC Luzern, Switzerland
Nathan Burns – Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Tim Cahill – Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C., China
Jason Davidson, West Bromwich Albion F.C., England
Tarek Elrich – Adelaide United, Australia
Ivan Franjic – Unattached
Eugene Galekovic – Adelaide United, Australia
Chris Ikonomidis – S. S. Lazio, Italy
Mile Jedinak – Crystal Palace FC, England
Tomi Juric – Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Mitchell Langerak (gk) – B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany
Mathew Leckie – FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany
Massimo Luongo – Swindon Town FC, England
Matt McKay – Brisbane Roar, Australia
Mark Milligan – Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Tommy Oar – FC Utrecht, Netherlands
Mat Ryan (gk) – Club Brugge KV, Belgium
Trent Sainsbury – P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands
Matthew Spiranovic – Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
James Troisi – S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium
Alex Wilkinson – Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic
Bailey Wright – Preston North End FC, England
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