Hyundai A-League trio in Caltex Socceroos squad

Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has named an experienced 23-man squad for the bumper month of June, which will see the Caltex Socceroos take on Saudi Arabia and Brazil on home soil before meeting Germany, Cameroon and Chile in the group stage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

Hyundai A-League trio Danny Vukovic, Tim Cahill and James Troisi were named in the squad, along with the recently departed Jamie Maclaren and Dylan McGowan. 

The Caltex Socceroos start with its most important match of June, a 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval on June 8.

The squad, which will start assembling in Adelaide on Friday, contains just three uncapped players with Ajdin Hrustic, Dylan McGowan and Danny Vukovic joining the likes of Mile Jedinak, Tim Cahill, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan for the month-long camp.

Tim Cahill netted the decisive goal as Melbourne City downed Adelaide United 1-0 on Friday night.

“There has been some tough decisions in cutting the squad from 30 down to the final 23 but that’s a good sign of the strength of the squad we have been able to name and the depth we have been able to cultivate over the last three years,” Postecoglou said.

“If you look through the squad we now have a core group of players who have played 30, 40 and more caps and have experienced World Cup, Asian Cup and the tough road of World Cup qualifying.

“There are some players who are unlucky to miss out but if you look at the 23 players we have selected everyone has earned their Socceroos call up whether they are one of the experienced players with World Cup and Asian Cup experience or the three uncapped players.

Danny Vukovic spoke to Fox Sports' Adam Peacock to reflect on an amazing year for the experienced gloveman.

“June is a big month and we will need to test that depth but initially our focus is solely on the World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval on June 8.”

Postecoglou’s squad will arrive in Adelaide on a high with a number of players coming off huge seasons in Australia and around the globe with many claiming trophies, promotion and against-the-odds victories in relegation battles.

“We’re pleased with the momentum a lot of the players will bring into camp with good form, fitness and success with their clubs,” Postecoglou said. “Many of the boys will come into camp on the back of winning trophies and breakthrough seasons and that confidence and enthusiasm will help us in Adelaide and beyond.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after Huddersfield's win over Reading.

“We face a very tough test against Saudi Arabia and then the opportunity to play four big nations in Australia and overseas. The next four weeks will be crucial in our quest to not only qualify for the 2018 World Cup but to make an impact when we get there.”

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MATCH DETAILS - 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Caltex Socceroos v Saudi Arabia

Thursday 8 June 2017

Adelaide Oval

7.30pm kick off (8pm AEST)

The match will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports and Channel Nine

For more information regarding ticketing please visit www.socceroos.com.au/tickets

Caltex   Socceroos squad for the following matches / tournaments:

  • 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Saudi Arabia (Adelaide; June 8)
  • Friendly v Brazil (Melbourne; June 13)
  • 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup (Russia; June 19 – July 2)

  Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

11 (2)

Tim CAHILL

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

96 (48)

Milos DEGENEK

Yokohama F Marinos, JAPAN

7 (0)

Ajdin HRUSTIC

FC Groningen, NETHERLANDS

-

Jackson IRVINE

Burton Albion FC, ENGLAND

9 (1)

Mile JEDINAK

Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND

70 (15)

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

22 (4)

Robbie KRUSE

Uncontracted

50 (4)

Mitchell LANGERAK (gk)

VfB Stuttgart FC, GERMANY

7 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

39 (5)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

25 (5)

Jamie MACLAREN

SV Darmstadt 98, GERMANY

2 (0)

Dylan McGOWAN

FC Pacos de Ferreira, PORTUGAL

-

Ryan McGOWAN

Guizhou Zhicheng, CHINA

18 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Baniyas FC, UAE

55 (5)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

22 (5)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

23 (5)

Mathew RYAN (gk)

KRC Genk, BELGIUM

31 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

FC Internazionale Milano, ITALY

22 (3)

Brad SMITH

AFC Bournemouth, ENGLAND

14 (0)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA

28 (4)

Daniel VUKOVIC (gk)

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

-

Bailey WRIGHT

Bristol City FC, ENGLAND

14 (1)

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