Brad Smith keen for redemption against Thailand

Caltex Socceroos wingback Brad Smith is looking for a big performance against Thailand.

Caltex Socceroos wingback Brad Smith has conceded his display against Japan wasn’t up to the standard he expects of himself – and the English Premier League player is looking to Thailand on Tuesday as a chance to reassert his qualities.

 

Group B tableThe Australians must win next Tuesday night – and ideally by an avalanche of goals – to put the pressure back on Saudi Arabia who face Japan in Jeddah a few hours after the clash in Melbourne.

HONEST ASSESSMENT

With the Japan loss still fresh in mind, the left wingback didn’t pick up a runner and that contributed to Japan’s first goal in their 2-0 win on Thursday night.

“I didn’t think I was up to scratch on the day,” he told reporters when quizzed on his display shortly after landing in Melbourne.

“But it’s a team game and we’ll review the game and see where we did go wrong, and build on that and hopefully produce the performance we need.”

GOALS WILL FLOW

“I’m very confident. All the boys are confident. We’ve got to be positive and we can definitely get the job done,” he said of the crunch clash with Thailand.

“That’s the formation we believe will take us far,” he said of the 3-4-3 in which he plays as a left wingback.

James Troisi looks to wriggle clear of his marker in Australia's 2-0 loss to Japan.

Smith added fellow EPL player and star playmaker Aaron Mooy was feeling much better and was in high spirits after he was taken ill on game day in Japan.

Mooy’s return will surely be one of the sparks needed for Australia to fire up in front of goal.

REGULAR FOOTBALL NEEDED

Smith has been a peripheral figure at his EPL club Bournemouth. And he hinted at a potential loan move in the next window in January away from Eddie Howe’s Cherries. Something that is vitally important in a World Cup year.

“Obviously it’s difficult not playing but I have to stay and fight for my place.

“This year is a big year for me to get as much game time as I can. If not we’ll discuss it in January and see what happens there.”

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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.

GOALKEEPERS

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.

DEFENDERS

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.

ATTACKERS

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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Caltex Socceroo Brad Smith ruled out of Confederations Cup

Brad Smith has been ruled out of the Confederations Cup.

Caltex Socceroos defender Brad Smith has been ruled out of the clash with Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after suffering a minor hamstring strain against Saudi Arabia.

His place in the squad has been taken by Alex Gersbach, who will join the squad in Russia.

“It’s a shame for Brad that he picked up that minor hamstring strain against Saudi Arabia,” Postecoglou said.

“It is not a serious injury but the recovery time required for Brad to get back onto the pitch made it difficult for him to be ready for the bulk of this period and he is better off returning to the UK to start his rehab.”

“Alex has done well for us when called into the squad previously and he will slot straight into the team when we arrive in Russia.”

Alex Gersbach's Norwegian club Rosenborg has had a second convincing win to start its Eliteserien season

MATCH DETAILS

Caltex Socceroos v Brazil

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Tuesday 13 June 2017

8pm kick off

 

 

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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Saudi Arabia ?

Matthew Ryan; Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Trent Sainsbury,Mile Jedinak;Aaron Mooy,Tommy Rogic,Mathew Leckie;Brad Smith,Jackson Irvine,Tomi Juric .

 

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Confidence high in Caltex Socceroos camp Brad Smith

Brad Smith says confidence is high in the Socceroos camp ahead of Tuesday's clash with UAE.

Brad Smith says confidence is high in the Socceroos camp ahead of Tuesday’s clash with UAE.

Flying fullback Brad Smith sees the Caltex Socceroos’ status as Group B’s only unbeaten team as a big confidence boost for the must-win match against the UAE.

Ange Postecoglou’s side have the chance to put four points between them and Tuesday night’s opposition but a top two spot remains the objective.

Three points at Allianz Stadium will keep the pressure on group leaders Japan and Saudi Arabia with two more matches in Australia still to come.

“We’re on our home soil, we’ve got our fans to help us through it and we’ve got plenty of confidence,” Smith told reporters on Sunday.

The Caltex Socceroos were forced to share the spoils against a spirited Iraq in Tehran.

“The team has been working really hard and I feel like we’re doing well.

“Everyone knows it’s a big game but the Socceroos have never really had it easy, have they?

“We’re leaving it late but I think we’ll get the job done.”

 

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Fresh-faced teenager Riley McGree has found himself in the thick of preparations for one of the national team’s most important matches in recent years.

The 18-year-old says the support of Tim Cahill and fellow Caltex Socceroos veterans has been invaluable.

“[Tim] has been around so long, he’s very knowledgeable and he knows what the coach wants and how the other players feel about new boys coming in,” McGree said.

“I’m just taking everything in my stride and learning as much as I can from the coaching staff and the players and just trying to develop myself as a player more.”

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28.   Click here for tickets

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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos in Tehran?

Caltex Socceroos XI

Matthew Ryan;Rhyan Grant,Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Brad Smith;Mile Jedinak,Aaron Mooy;Massimo Luongo,Matthew Leckie,Tim Cahill,James Troisi

 

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Caltex Socceroos weekend update-18/March/2017-19/March/2017

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

Winger Mat Leckie has a date with Borussia Dortmund this weekend before joining up with the Caltex Socceroos.

It’s the crucial weekend before the Caltex Socceroos meet up in Tehran ahead of next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Australia tackles Iraq in Tehran on March 24 (AEDT) before returning home to host UAE at the Sydney Football Stadium on March 28.

We take a look at the players’ schedule over the coming days for their clubs.

Mustafa Amini

AGF, in the Danish Superliga, next play in the early hours of Monday morning (AEDT) against OB.

Aziz Behich

Played 90 minutes for Bursaspor last weekend and could see more action on Monday (AEDT) with his side at home to Alanyaspor in the Turkish league.

Tim Cahill

Had the week off due to the split round in the Hyundai A-League but will be hopeful of some more minutes as Melbourne City host Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Saturday night.

Tim Cahill

Milos Degenek

Yokohama F Marinos host Albirex Niigata on Saturday afternoon in the J-League.

Rhyan Grant

Will come into camp fresh but fit with the Sky Blues having a tough week on the track with no game due to the split round in the A-League.

Jackson Irvine

The ultra-consistent Burton Albion midfielder is set to play on Sunday (AEDT) at home to Brentford.

Mile Jedinak

The Socceroo skipper was immense in Aston Villa’s win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with Steve Bruce’s side next in action on Sunday away to Wigan Athletic.

Mile Jedinak's Aston Villa proved too strong for Bailey Wright's Bristol City overnight.

James Jeggo

The former Adelaide midfielder’s Sturm Graz travel to tackle Admira this weekend.

Tomi Juric

The powerful striker’s FC Luzern host third-placed Sion this weekend.

Robbie Kruse

The winger has started in both of Liaoning’s first two Chinese Super League fixtures but won’t have a chance to add to that tally before coming into camp.

Mitch Langerak

The Stuttgart shot-stopper has been in fine touch in Germany and will get another chance to impress on Saturday away to Greuther Fürth.

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 Mathew Leckie

The Socceroo flyer has been a regular for FC Ingolstadt in the Bundesliga this season. Leckie’s side travel to tackle giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (AEDT).

Massimo Luongo

Luongo’s QPR are next in action on Sunday at home to struggling Rotherham.

Riley McGree

The shock inclusion in the squad, McGree’s Adelaide host Brisbane Roar on Sunday in the Hyundai A-League.

Mark Milligan

The versatile midfielder has been playing regularly with UAE club Bani Yas but saw red in his side’s 6-2 loss to Al Wahda last weekend. Won’t see any further action before coming into camp.

Aaron Mooy

Arguably Australia’s most important player, Mooy has enjoyed a sensational season in the English Championship with Huddersfield Town and could feature more prominently in Saturday’s fixture away to Bailey Wright’s Bristol City.

Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Mat Ryan

The keeper played 90 minutes in Genk’s Europa League Round of 16 second leg tie against Gent on Friday (AEDT) before linking with the national team.

Trent Sainsbury

Hasn’t seen any game time since his loan move to Serie A giants Inter Milan in January.  The classy defender’s next chance of match action is on Sunday with Milan away to Torino.

Brad Smith

The flying left-back has struggled for game time at EPL outfit AFC Bournemouth, who are at home to Swansea City on Sunday morning (AEDT).

James Troisi

The Victory star is arguably the hottest player in the A-League right now. Victory has the week off due to the split round but Troisi will come into camp full of confidence after a sparkling month.

James Troisi on the ball during the Socceroos' 2-2 draw with Germany in March.

Daniel Vukovic

Vukovic capped his selection with another clean sheet – his 11th of the season – in Sydney’s 1-0 win over the Mariners on Friday night. Won’t have another game before coming into camp.

Rhys Williams

Williams played a full match for Glory in last Saturday’s loss to Sydney FC. Perth not in action this week.

Bailey Wright

The no-nonsense defender has been a pillar of consistency since joining Bristol City, who are next in action on Saturday at home to Mooy’s Huddersfield Town.

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Aussies abroad: Matthew Ryan debuts and Brad Smith starts in EPL

Mat Ryan on the training ground with the Caltex Socceroos.

In overnight action, Caltex Socceroo keeper Mat Ryan debuted for his new club in Belgium, while national team defender Brad Smith started in the EPL for Bournemouth.

After making a loan move from Valencia to Racing Genk this week, Ryan was thrown straight into the starting XI for their Belgium Cup clash with KV Oostende.

Unfortunately for the gloveman he wasn’t able to help his new side to a win, beaten 1-0 thanks to Knowledge Musona’s eighth goal of the campaign. In the EPL, left-back Brad Smith got a rare start for AFC Bournemouth but they went down 2-0 at home against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace. There was better news for Aussie striker Scott McDonald, who scored the opening goal for Motherwell in their Scottish Premier League win at Ross County. McDonald got on the end of Lee Lucas’ ball forward before finishing clinically to give his side a 1-0 lead just before the half hour mark.

Motherwell went on to record a crucial 2-1 win to pull away from the foot of the ladder. Bailey Wright was captain again as Bristol City fought out a valuable 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. Ryan Williams was also in action, playing 76 minutes for Barnsley who missed the chance to jump into the playoff places after a 3-1 loss against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Caltex Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak was missing through injury for Aston Villa and they missed him badly, beaten 3-0 by Brentford.

 

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Brad Smith reveals bond behind Caltex Socceroos’ success

Caltex Socceroos Aaron Mooy, Brad Smith and Trent Sainsbury.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

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Caltex Socceroos defender Brad Smith has identified the camaraderie amongst Australia’s playing group as underpinning the team’s recent run of results.

Ange Postecoglou’s squad have only been beaten in four of their last 23 internationals over the past two years, a run which has seen them move up to no.40 in the world.

Despite seeing numerous changes in personnel following his debut against Belgium back in 2014, Smith says the strong culture in camp is something that has remained constant.

“Obviously I debuted at left wing and the squad has changed massively since then,” Smith told FFA TV.

“Coming into camp every time, even if you’re not playing, I think the boys come in with great confidence every time they get called up because we’ve got such a great bond here.

“Everyone fits in well, even if boys come in for just the one camp and haven’t been in before.

“It’s great when they come in and everyone just clicks perfectly.”

Despite struggling for game time with club side AFC Bournemouth, the 22-year-old has become a main stay of the Socceroos starting side on their road to Russia.

The left-back has started each of the last six World Cup Qualifiers, including tough tests against Saudi Arabia and Japan (where Smith was man-of-the match) in the last international window.

“They were big results, especially Saudi Arabia away. It was a tough game with the conditions and the opponent,” said Smith.

“They’re a good side and they’re obviously top of the group at the moment and I think that was an important game.

“We probably should’ve got the win but ended up getting a draw, I think they were both important results for us going into the Thailand game.”

The Caltex Socceroos are in the midst of a week-long training camp heading into their next test against Thailand in Bangkok.

While The War Elephants are currently winless in Group B, Smith believes they’re not to be under-estimated, with the conditions also set to play a part on Tuesday night.

“It’s been raining here, it could be a different sort of test for us,” said Smith.

“It is warm but I wouldn’t say as warm as the other countries but the weather could play a part so we’ll just have to wait and see.

“I’m sure no matter what it is we’ll be able to get the ball down and get forward and play at the intensity we want to play at.”

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Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos in Thailand? #THAvAUS

The Caltex Socceroos starting XI against Japan in Melbourne.

Matthew Ryan ; Josh Risdon ,Trent Sainsbury , Matthew Spiranovic , Brad Smith;Mile Jedinak ,Aaron Mooy,Tom Rogic ;Robbie Kruse,Jamie Maclaren,Mathew Leckie

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