Socceroos squad for UAE and Kuwait
No Jedinak, no Cahill, a few new faces and no surprises05 October 2018 | FT Editor
It's a new look Socceroos squad for Graham Arnold, who named an initial 25-player group for next week's training camp in the UAE and the friendly match against Kuwait on 15 October.
There's no Mile Jedinak or Tim Cahill, but there are four players who have not yet made an international appearance at this level: teenager Denis Genreau, 21-year-old Thomas Deng, 23-year-old Awer Mabil and the 25-year-old Aberdeen born Martin Boyle who will only take part in the training camp because his Australian eligibility will not be through in time for the international friendly.
Boyle, who is a teammate of Socceroos Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Hibernian FC in Scotland, is yet to receive clearance to play for the green and gold, however he has expressed his desire to pursue international football with Australia, the nation of his father’s birth. FFA believes he will soon be cleared to represent the Socceroos.
Mathew Leckie and Tom Rogic also re-join the squad after being absent from Arnold's first training camp in Turkey last month.
Emerging young talents Alex Gersbach (21) and Daniel Arzani (19), who share nine caps between them, have also been included in Arnold’s squad.
“We believe we have selected a well-balanced squad to travel to the UAE and on to Kuwait City for our October camp,” Arnold said.
“This group will have the opportunity to build upon the standards and principles of play that we established in Antalya, and crucially have the chance to implement the new style that we are working towards in an international match situation when we play Kuwait.
“While some players have missed out on this camp, they, along with many other players, remain firmly on our radar as we work towards selecting the best possible squad to help us excel at next year’s Asian Cup,” he said.
Australia and Kuwait have played 11 matches at senior men’s international level, with the first meeting played in Sydney in 1977. The most recent was the opening match of the Asian Cup in 2015, which Australia won 4-1.
The Socceroos will return to Australia in November to play South Korea on 17 November in Brisbane and Lebanon on 20 November in Sydney.
- Mustafa Amini, Aarhus, Denmark
- Daniel Arzani, Celtic, Scotland
- Aziz Behich, PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Martin Boyle, Hibernian, Scotland
- Milos Degenek, Red Star Belgrade, Serbia
- Thomas Deng, Melbourne Victory
- Denis Genreau, PEC Zwolle, Netherlands
- Alex Gersbach, Rosenborg, Norway
- Apostolos Giannou, AEK Larnaca, Cyprus
- Jackson Irvine, Hull City, England
- Brad Jones (GK), Al-Nasr Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Tomi Juric, Lucerne, Switzerland
- Matthew Jurman, Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Robbie Kruse, VfL Bochum, Germany
- Mitch Langerak (GK), Nagoya Grampus, Japan
- Mathew Leckie, Hertha Berlin, Germany
- Massimo Luongo, Queens Park Rangers, England
- Awer Mabil, FC Midtjylland, Denmark
- Mark Milligan, Hibernian, Scotland
- Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield, England
- Josh Risdon, Western Sydney Wanderers
- Tom Rogic, Celtic, Scotland
- Mathew Ryan (GK), Brighton & Hove Albion, England
- Trent Sainsbury, PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Danny Vukovic, KRC Genk, Belgium