Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named his Australia squad to take on Japan in next week's friendly ahead of January's Asian Cup, including some A-League bolters.
Aaron Mooy, Terry Antonis, Matt McKay and Mitch Nichols are among the local league players to get a call from Postecoglou for the clash as the Socceroos coach searches for the X-Factor to turn Asutralia's fortunes around.
The squad contains no uncapped players but recalls for Hyundai A-League stars Matt McKay, Mitch Nichols, Terry Antonis and Aaron Mooy, who have all started the 2014/15 season in strong form for their respective clubs.
McKay will be making his first appearance for the Socceroos since undergoing surgery after the 2014 FIFA World Cup while Antonis, Mooy and Nichols have an opportunity to push their claims for a place in the squad for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australia.
Postecoglou has made five changes to the squad that played the UAE and Qatar with McKay, Nichols, Antonis, Mooy and Robbie Kruse coming in for Adam Federici, Bernie Ibini, Tomi Juric and Brad Smith. Tommy Oar was not considered due to a minor injury.
“The Japan match is the final hit out before the Asian Cup and we’ll have a good week of training leading into the game so we can continue to work on what we’ve been trying to achieve before we take on a tough opponent in Japan,” Postecoglou said.
“The squad we’ve selected has a core group of players we have been working with over the last 12 months but it still gives an opportunity to a few more younger players who have started the season well in the A-League.”
The Socceroos will start assembling in Osaka on Monday 11 November ahead of the match on 18 November.
The 23-man Socceroos squad is:
Sydney FC, Australia
Al Gharafa, Qatar
ACF Fiorentina, Italy
New York Red Bulls, USA
West Bromwich Albion F.C., England
FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia
Aston Villa, England
FK Austria Vienna, Austria
Crystal Palace FC, England
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany
Mitchell Langerak (gk)
B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany
FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany
Swindon Town FC, England
Brisbane Roar, Australia
Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Perth Glory, Australia
Melbourne City, Australia
Mat Ryan (gk)
Club Brugge KV, Belgium
P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands
Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium
Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic
Japan v Australia
18 November 2014
Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-Off 7.20pm (9.20pm AEDT)comments