Four Hyundai A-League players in Ange Postecoglou’s preliminary 30-player Caltex Socceroos squad

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has today named a preliminary 30-player squad for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off (CONCACAF-Asian Zone) against Honduras, including four players from the Hyundai A-League.

Melbourne City’s Tim Cahill, the hero against Syria, along with Western Sydney Wanderers defender Josh Risdon and Melbourne Victory duo James Troisi and Mark Milligan all made the squad for next month’s tie.

In all, 22 of the 23 players originally selected for the Caltex Socceroos’ recent success over Syria have been picked in Postecoglou’s provisional squad for the forthcoming tie against the Central American nation.

During the Syria series England-based defender Bailey Wright and Belgium-based goalkeeper Danny Vukovic were forced to withdraw from the Caltex Socceroos’ squad due to minor injuries, however both have since returned to action for their clubs and could now be part of Australia’s final two fixtures on the road to Russia.

Mile Jedinak, Alex Gersbach, Ajdin Hrustic, James Jeggo, Awer Mabil, and Jamie Maclaren are also among Postecoglou’s extended list of options for the Caltex Socceroos crunch clashes with Honduras in San Pedro Sula (November 10) and Sydney (November 15).

Tim Cahill scored a stunner in last season's Melbourne Derby at Etihad.
Tim Cahill scored a stunner in last season's Melbourne Derby at Etihad.

While there is still a week of club football to be played before he finalises his 23-player squad for the play-off matches against Honduras, Postecoglou is confident that the group ultimately selected will be prepared to propel Australia to its fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance.

“There are a couple of weeks before the group gets together so we will be monitoring the health and fitness of every player to make sure that the final twenty-three are available for what is going to be a challenging couple of games,” said Postecoglou.

“We feel that we are right on schedule with regards to our arrangements, logistics and intelligence for Honduras, and are comfortable that the work completed and decisions made so far will help us in our quest to qualify for Russia.

“A large, vocal home crowd in Sydney for the second leg is something that everyone involved with the squad is looking forward to,” concluded Postecoglou.

To purchase tickets to the home leg at Stadium Australia in Sydney please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets.

Postecoglou will confirm his final 23-player squad for the Caltex Socceroos’ play-off matches against Honduras next week.

The Caltex Socceroos will begin to assemble in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from Sunday 5 November 2017.

Caltex Socceroos 30-player preliminary 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)

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Mustafa AMINI

Aarhus Gymnastikforening (AGF), DENMARK

2 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

17 (2)

Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK)

NAC Breda, NETHERLANDS

1 (0)

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)

Ajdin HRUSTIC

FC Groningen, NETHERLANDS

1 (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)

Awer MABIL

FC Pacos de Ferreira, PORTUGAL

0 (0)

Jamie MACLAREN

SV Darmstadt 98, GERMANY

5 (0)

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

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)

 

Match Details:

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)

Both matches will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and the Nine Network.

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