Ange Postecoglou names extended squad for Thailand World Cup Qualifier

The Caltex Socceroos ahead of kick-off in their last World Cup Qualifier against Japan.

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou today named five Hyundai A-League players in an extended 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Thailand at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on Tuesday 15 November.

Postecoglou will trim the squad to 23 players after watching this weekend’s matches.

Luke Brattan (Melbourne City FC), Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory), Josh Risdon (Perth Glory), Tommy Oar (Brisbane Roar FC) as well as overseas-based Nathan Burns, Milos Degenek and Aziz Behich have been added to the squad that drew 2-2 with Saudi Arabia and 1-1 with Japan.

“We have decided to name an extended squad for this game so I can have another look at the matches being played all over the world this weekend,” Postecoglou said.

“We have players who are in the squad or on the fringe, including those playing in the Hyundai A-League, that are just starting their seasons and with the tight turnaround from Japan to Thailand I wanted to have another look at them after they have showed good signs in the opening rounds.

“It is yet another good sign of the depth we are creating and when we announce the team after this weekend there will be players who miss out that are playing well enough to be part of the squad.”

The Socceroos clash with Thailand is proceeding as planned in Bangkok following uncertainty over the status of the match after the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

“We are happy that the game is going ahead as scheduled in Bangkok but completely understand the sensitivities following the death of the King of Thailand,” he said. “We will be in Bangkok for a longer than usual period as we only have one match in this window so we will have a good lead in to ensure we are well prepared.

“We are currently sitting second in what is a very tight group and after this game we will be at the halfway stage of qualification so this game is important.”

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Match Details

Thailand v Caltex Socceroos

Tuesday 15 November

Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok

7pm kick off (11pm AEDT)

CaltexSocceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Thailand

Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, TURKEY

11 (2)

Luke BRATTAN Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

Nathan BURNS F.C. Tokyo, JAPAN

23 (3)

Tim CAHILL Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

94 (48)

Milos DEGENEK TSV 1860 Munchen, GERMANY

4 (0)

Adam FEDERICI A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND

16 (0)

Jason GERIA Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Alex GERSBACH Rosenborg BK, NORWAY

2 (0)

Apostolos GIANNOU Guangzhou R&F F.C., CHINA

5 (0)

Craig GOODWIN Sparta Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

3 (0)

Chris IKONOMIDIS Aarhus Gymnastikforening, DENMARK

6 (0)

Jackson IRVINE Burton Albion FC, ENGLAND

6 (0)

Mile JEDINAK Aston Villa F.C, ENGLAND

67 (13)

James JEGGO SK Sturm Graz, AUSTRIA

Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

20 (4)

Robbie KRUSE Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GERMANY

47 (4)

Mitchell LANGERAK VfB Stuttgart, GERMANY

6 (0)

Mathew LECKIE FC Ingolstadt 04, GERMANY

36 (3)

Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers F.C., ENGLAND

24 (5)

Ryan MCGOWAN Henan Jianye F.C., CHINA

18 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN Baniyas F.C., UAE

52 (5)

Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

20 (5)

Tommy OAR Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA

28 (2)

Josh RISDON Perth Glory, AUSTRALIA

3 (0)

Tommy ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

22 (5)

Mathew RYAN Valencia CF, SPAIN

29 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY Jiangsu Suning F.C., CHINA

20 (3)

Brad SMITH A.F.C. Bournemouth, ENGLAND

13 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC Hangzhou Greentown F.C., CHINA

33 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT Preston North End FC, ENGLAND

12 (1)

ROAD TO RUSSIA – QUALIFYING PATH

The Final Stage of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) World Cup Qualifying sees Australia placed into Group B alongside Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Iraq and the UAE with the two top sides automatically qualifying for the2018 FIFA World Cup.

The third-placed teams in both AFC Groups will then play each other (home and away) for the opportunity to face the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (Central and Northern America) in a home and away series for the final place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

FIFA World Cup Qualification: AFC Second Round – Group B Standings

Group B

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

PTS

Saudi Arabia

4

3

1

0

8

3

+5

10

Australia

4

2

2

0

6

3

+3

8

Japan

4

2

1

1

6

4

+2

7

UAE

4

2

0

2

5

6

-1

6

Iraq

4

1

0

3

6

6

0

3

Thailand

4

0

0

4

1

10

-9

0

 

 

Football Federation Australia

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