Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Thailand?

Socceroos starting XI.

Matthew Ryan;Bailey Wright,Matthew Spiranovic,Milos Degenek ,Alex Gersbach ; Mark Milligan , Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy ;Matthew Leckie,Tomi Juric,Jamie Mclaren

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Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.


Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.


Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.


Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

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Alex Gersbach continues stellar start to Norwegian season

Saturday, 8 April 2017

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Caltex Socceroos fullback Alex Gersbach made it three wins from three starts in Norway as leaders Rosenborg continued their perfect opening against Molde.

The 19-year-old, an ever-present for the reigning champions, played 80 minutes in front of over 20,000 spectators at Lerkendal Stadion as the hosts won 2-1 against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Two goals in the opening 10 minutes did the job for Rosenborg, although an own goal from enigmatic former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner did give the visitors hope of a comeback.


Instead, the home side saw out the remainder of the match to register their third win on the trot following consecutive 3-0 victories in the opening two rounds.

Former Sydney FC left-back Gersbach has started each game in a big boost to his hopes of breaking back into Ange Postecoglou’s Caltex Socceroos squad.

Rosenborg’s next assignment in the top tier Eliteserien is away to 13th-placed Viking on Wednesday morning (AEST).


Caltex Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic built on his encouraging return from injury with another 18 minutes in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock.

Caltex Socceroos playmaker made a return from injury from club side Celtic this morning (AEST).

In the Eredivisie, AFC Asian Cup winner Jason Davidson played from start to finish in Groningen’s 4-3 defeat away to ADO Den Haag while teammate Ajdin Hrustic and NEC Nijmegen’s Stefan Mauk both remained on the bench.

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Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg unbeaten in Norway

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Alex Gersbach’s Norwegian club Rosenborg has had a second convincing win to start its Eliteserien season, with former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on target for the club.

The Caltex Socceroo and former Sydney FC fullback played a full 90 minutes in Rosenborg’s 3-0 victory at Sandefjord.

Icelandic striker Matthias Vilhjalmsson opened the scoring shortly after half-time.

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner grabbed the second within ten minutes of coming off the bench midway through the second half and Andre Helland added a third in the closing stages.

Gersbach’s side also won 3-0 on opening day and sit top of the Eliteserien table on goal difference.


Fellow left-back Jason Davidson also tasted success overnight.

The former Caltex Socceroo played a full game as Groningen downed Nijmegen 2-0 in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Midfielder Mimoun Mahi scored the opener after half an hour with Juninho Bacuna doubling the advantage midway through the second half.

The win lifts Davidson’s Dutch outfit from 12th to 10th on the table.
Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

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Alex Gersbach claimed silverware with Rosenborg in Norway overnight

Alex Gersbach claimed silverware with Rosenborg in Norway overnight.

Two-time Caltex Socceroo Alex Gersbach has helped Rosenborg lift Norwegian football’s first silverware of the season.

The former Sydney FC defender has played a full 90 minutes in the traditional season-opener between the winners of the Norwegian Eliteserien and the NM Cup from the previous season.

Rosenborg won both last year, so they contested the Super Cup final against league runners-up Brann, winning 2-0.

Serbian midfielder Milan Jevtovic opened the scoring in the 26th minute with substitute Tore Reginiussen adding the second in injury time.

Gersbach and Rosenborg open the defence of their league title at home to Odd on Monday morning.



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Young Caltex Socceroo Alex Gersbach boosted by Norwegian success

Caltex Socceroos defender Alex Gersbach.

Caltex Socceroo left-back Alex Gersbach is banking on even more success in next Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Thailand as he stands on the verge on history with his club in Norway.

The 19-year-old is coming off a dream debut season with Rosenborg BK, the club cruising to the league title last month.

Gersbach made 19 appearances in the Norwegian Tippeligaen and became a key figure late in the season.

Following next week’s qualifier in Bangkok, Gersbach will head back to Norway for the Norwegian Cup Final against Kongsvinger  Rosenborg could secure the double for the second straight season. “We’ve got some history in the making hopefully,” an upbeat Gersbach told FFA TV. “If we do win the double again this year…it will be the first time in Norwegian history a team has won the double two years in a row. “It’s been a really exciting season for me. Coming into the [Rosenborg] team in February, having short little season and then getting straight into it,” he added. “It’s been a really successful season for us.”

And it caps what’s been a remarkable 12 months for the teenager after leaving Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC to sign a three-year deal in Scandinavia.

As well as his club success, Gersbach has made his international debut with the Caltex Socceroos against Greece and is battling with AFC Bournemouth’s Brad Smith for a starting spot against Thailand.

Meanwhile Gersbach and Caltex Socceroo team-mates Bailey Wright, Adam Federici and Nathan Burns took time out from their preparations to attend a junior football clinic in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The quartet put 40 young Thai kids through a mini session before heading off to training at the SCG Stadium.

“These little kids were maybe between the ages of seven and 14 and they were pretty impressive. Me and Bailey were in awe of some of their skills, we were struggling to tackle them,” Gersbach said.

But the former AIS player knows things will be much tougher on Tuesday night as the Caltex Socceroos chase another crucial three points on the Road to Russia 2018.

While Australia is unbeaten after four games, Thailand are yet to register a point despite some impressive displays.

“I’m expecting the Thais to be pretty good, pretty sharp and pretty skilful but we should have enough power and enough of a game plan to get past them,” Gersbach said.

“100% we want three points out of this game. We took two points out of the last two games which, wasn’t a bad result, but we need three points from this game and we’ll be searching for nothing less.”



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Alex Gersbach on his breakthrough 2016

Alex Gersbach on the ball during a Socceroos training session in Jeddah.

Alex Gersbach on the ball during a Socceroos training session in Jeddah

Left-back Alex Gersbach is enjoying a phenomenal year which has seen him make his Caltex Socceroos debut and win the championship in his first season at Norwegian club Rosenborg.

Speaking to FFA TV ahead of Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia, Gersbach admitted he’s been surprised at just how quick success has come since his move abroad.


Rosenborg wrapped up the league a couple of weeks ago and are a staggering 20 points clear of their nearest rivals with four games still to play this season.


“It’s been a really good year for me. Moving over [to Norway] in February, I would have never thought we were would have won the league by this much.

“I had high hopes and thought we were a chance to win the league but to win it with five games to go is a really good feeling.

“Every day in training playing against some talented players helps you improve. It’s helped me improve a lot and I’m looking forward to staying there next year and improving even more and getting a spot in the Europa League or even the Champions League. Who knows?,” the 19-year-old added.

But for now Gersbach’s focus is on breaking into the Caltex Socceroos starting side, battling with AFC Bournemouth’s Brad Smith for the spot at left-back.


He has made two appearances in the green and gold so far, both in the friendlies against Greece in June.

Asked about the importance of the game against Saudi Arabia, who are locked at the top of Group B with the Caltex Socceroos, Gersbach said: “I know we’re only two games in but every game is important in these qualifiers.

“With Saudi being on six points as well that means this game is extra important. A win would be fantastic over here.”


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Alex Gersbach clinched the title with Rosenborg in Norway overnight

Alex Gersbach clinched the title with Rosenborg in Norway overnight.

Caltex Socceroos fullback Alex Gersbach is celebrating title success in Norway after helping Rosenborg clinch the Tippeligaen Championship with a hard-fought win overnight.

Gersbach played the full 90 minutes as Rosenborg fought back from a goal down to claim a 3-1 victory away to Molde.

Rosenborg only needed a draw to clinch the title but it was the hosts who started the brighter and grabbed the lead on the half-hour mark through Iceland international Bjorn Sigurdarson.

The visitors got back on level terms just five minutes into the second half through skipper Mike Jensen before Christian Gytkjaer fired the Troillongan ahead just past the hour mark.

Jensen completed his brace in the dying minutes to secure the victory and clinch Rosenborg’s second consecutive league title.

Meanwhile, Tom Rogic continued his sizzling form in Scotland, scoring and creating an assist in Celtic’s 6-1 thrashing of Kilmarnock. The midfielder teed up James Forrest for Celtic’s third goal before finding the net himself with just over five minutes remaining to round out the massive win.

In the English Championship, Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak played a full match as Aston Villa fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United. Massimo Luongo also got through 90 minutes as QPR were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City at Loftus Road. The news wasn’t as good for Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion), with both playing full games in defeats to Reading (1-0) and Norwich (3-1) respectively. In League one, James Meredith was involved in Bradford City’s goalless draw away to Bolton Wanderers, while goalkeeper Alex Cisak could do little as Leyton Orient fell to a 3-1 loss at Notts Country in League Two. New Socceroo James Jeggo continued his impressive form in Austria, helping Sturm Graz to a 3-0 win over Wolfsberger. Mustafa Amini and Chris Ikonomidis were both second-half substitutes as AGF fell to a 2-0 loss to FC Kobenhavn in the Danish Superliga. In the Eredivisie, Jason Davidson played a full game as Groningen were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Heracles.

Tomi Juric was a late substitute for FC Luzern as they fell to a 3-1 loss at home to Lausanne in the Swiss Super League.

In Germany, Mat Leckie got through a full shift for Ingolstadt as they suffered a 2-0 loss away to Borussia Mönchengladbach.



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Alex Gersbach enjoyed success in the Norwegian Cup overnight

Alex Gersbach enjoyed success in the Norwegian Cup overnight.

New Caltex Socceroo James Jeggo celebrated his first national team call up as his Sturm Graz won 5-0 in the Austrian Cup while Alex Gersbach and Tom Rogic had similar success in Norway and Scotland respectively.

The Austrian Bundesliga league leaders Sturm Graz scorched their opposition  Sk Bad Wimsbach  with four goals in the second half to advance.


Fellow Socceroo Alex Gersbach’s Rosenborg progressed to the semi-finals of the NM Cupen in Norway, downing Tromso in a penalty shoot-out after the scores were locked at 1-1 after extra-time.

And Socceroo star Tom Rogic helped Celtic into the last four of Scotland’s League Cup, departing five minutes from time as they notched a 2-0 win at home to Alloa Athletic. Daniel De Silva was a second-half substitute as JC Kerkrade were bundled out of the KNVB beker 4-0 by Dutch powerhouse PSV Eindhoven. Meanwhile Caltex Socceroo Bailey Wright’s Preston will travel to St James’ Park in the fourth round of England’s League Cup where they face fellow Championship outfit Newcastle United, who are third on the table.  Preston find themselves at the other end of the standings after losing three of their last four league outings but won away to AFC Bournemouth in extra-time to secure their place in the hat.

Wright is the only Aussie whose club is left in the competition after Massimo Luongo’s QPR were beaten at home 2-1 by Sunderland on Wednesday night.

The midfielder, who along with Wright was named in Ange Postecoglou’s latest Socceroos squad this week, was a second half substitute at Loftus Road but couldn’t help his side overturn the deficit.

In league action Tomi Juric again started up front for FC Luzern as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against FC Sion in Switzerland.


Meanwhile in Denmark Mustafa Amini replaced fellow Aussie Chris Ikonomidis in the second-half of FC Midtjylland’s 1-1 draw with Aarhus GF.

In Asia, Cameron Watson played a full match for Indian outfit Bengaluru FC as they progressed to the semi-finals of the AFC Cup following a 1-0 aggregate win against the Tampines Rovers.

Tomislav Mrčela won in South Korea as Jeonnam Dragons edged Sangju Sangmu 1-0, while Adrian Leijer’s Suwon FC were beaten by the same margin by FC Seoul.


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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against United Arab Emirates ?

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Mat Ryan;Ryan McGowan,Matthew Spiranovic,Trent Sainsbury,Alex Gersbach;Mark Milligan,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic;Robbie Kruse,Tomi Juric;Mat Leckie

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