The Socceroos will finish their first stage of 2022 World Cup qualifiers without Australia’s two most recognised creative players with Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic not included in Graham Arnold’s 31-man squad for next month’s Kuwait series.
The two are the most notable omissions in what is an otherwise full-strength extended squad that will face Nepal, Taiwan, Kuwait and Jordan between June 4 and June 16. Mat Leckie, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich will all feature in the first Socceroos camp in more than 18 months.
Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic will both miss the June World Cup qualifiers.Credit:Getty
“I am very happy with the players that have arrived, and will continue to arrive, to represent the Socceroos in our final four Round 2 qualifiers,” Arnold said. “We’ve selected a balanced squad that combines youth and experience, but also one that rewards players for their outstanding performances at their clubs over the past six to twelve months.”
Joining the more experienced internationals in Kuwait are seven uncapped players; Denis Genreau, Ruon Tongyik, Lawrence Thomas, Fran Karacic, Riley McGree, Connor Metcalfe and Kenneth Dougall. As revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, Sydney FC and Melbourne City will have three players each out for the remainder of the season.
“I have said many times that I believe that the strength of the Socceroos is through its young players. Along with my staff, I can’t wait to work with the many fresh faces in this squad as we continue to build the depth of the national team. Equally so, we are excited to work with the experienced and senior players we will have with us, as together we strive to advance to the next round of qualifying with eight wins on our record.”
- Goalkeepers: Andrew Redmayne, Mat Ryan, Lawrence Thomas, Danny Vukovic.
- Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Curtis Good, Rhyan Grant, Fran Karacic, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury, Harry Souttar, Brad Smith, Ruon Tongyik.
- Midfielders: Kenneth Dougall, Denis Genreau, James Holland, Jackson Irvine, Connor Metcalfe, Rilely McGree.
- Forwards: Brandon Borrello, Martin Boyle, Mitch Duke, Chris Ikonomidis, Apostolos Giannou, Ajdin Hrustic, Matt Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Nikita Rukavytsya, Adam Taggart.
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