Australia’s 2018 World Cup campaign is getting closer and on Sunday Ange Postecoglou named his squad for the first qualifier against Kyrgyzstan on the 16th of June. The squad is a first choice squad, which will form the core of the next four years.
With the squad being the core for the Socceroos there are no players who are uncapped with Chris Ikonomidis and Tarek Elrich the next closest, with one cap each. This match will still have some firsts though as it will be the first time the Socceroos have ever played against Kyrgyzstan and doing it away from home makes this a potential banana skin for the Socceroos.
Three players have returned to the Australia squad for this match with Tim Cahill, Matthew Spiranovic and Eugene Galekovic returning. Those inclusions mean that three have to be dropped with Aaron Mooy, Adam Federici and Luke DeVere the three left out.
Given the match will be Australia’s first ever against Kyrgyzstan, the Socceroos will be doing lengthy preparations and will have a weeklong training camp in Dubai before the match. The training camp is possible due to all bar two players, Cahill and Alex Wilkinson having completed their seasons, while one player, Ivan Frajic is currently without a club.
Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Kyrgyzstan (Courtesy Football Federation Australia)
Name Club, Country A International Caps (Goals)
Aziz Behich Bursaspor, Turkey 10 (2)
Oliver Bozanic FC Luzern, Switzerland 7 (0)
Nathan Burns Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand 12 (0)
Tim Cahill Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C., China 82 (39)
Jason Davidson West Bromwich Albion F.C., England 18 (1)
Tarek Elrich Adelaide United, Australia 1 (0)
Ivan Franjic Unattached 19 (0)
Eugene Galekovic Adelaide United, Australia 8 (0)
Chris Ikonomidis S. S. Lazio, Italy 1 (0)
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace FC, England 58 (8)
Tomi Juric Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 12 (2)
Mitchell Langerak (gk) B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 6 (0)
Mathew Leckie FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany 24 (1)
Massimo Luongo Swindon Town FC, England 12 (2)
Matt McKay Brisbane Roar, Australia 55 (2)
Mark Milligan Melbourne Victory FC, Australia 39 (3)
Tommy Oar FC Utrecht, Netherlands 22 (1)
Mat Ryan (gk) Club Brugge KV, Belgium 20 (0)
Trent Sainsbury P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands 11 (1)
Matthew Spiranovic Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 26 (0)
James Troisi S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium 23 (4)
Alex Wilkinson Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic 14 (0)
Bailey Wright Preston North End FC, England 3 (1)