Meredith into the Socceroos' fold, Sainsbury and Troisi return

Asian Cup trio Trent Sainsbury, James Troisi and Tomi Juric have been recalledfor next month's World Cup qualifier against Jordan, while League One defender James Meredith gets the chance to earn his first cap at age 27.

Injuries to goalkeepers Mat Ryan and Mitch Langerak mean that uncapped Alex Cisak of English side Leyton Orient is also drafted in.

Clublesss Luke Brattan is the only other uncapped player to make the squad.

The Australians will be looking to avenge the 2-1 loss they suffered away to Jordan under Holger Osieck in September 2012.

Bradford City leftback, Meredith, is the surprise new face in the national team as Australia attempts to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup.

The Albury born defender has spent his entire professional career in the United Kingdom and Ireland, having come through the academy at Derby County, before joining Sligo Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and then York City.

Meredith has been with Bradford City since 2012 and now plays alongside fellow Australian and former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones.

Significantly there are recalls for fit-again PEC Zwolle defender Sainsbury and Roda JC striker Juric, while attacker Troisi – without a club for the previous qualifiers at home to Bangladesh and away to Tajikistan - is back in the fold after signing with Al-Ittihad.

Ange Postecoglou named the 23-man squad on Wednesday, saying the returning trio signified the depth of talent in the national team ranks.

“It is a sign of the depth we are creating that we bring these three guys back into the squad for the Jordan game,” Postecoglou said.

“All three played a major part in our Asian Cup success and after finding fitness and regular club football they are ready to come back in.

“We are slowly building a squad with alternatives and depth and when we add these three guys to the squad that did very well and won both games in the September window we are building nicely.

“We have said all along that we will need a pool deeper than 23 players throughout the World Cup Qualifiers as we strive to make an impact leading into the next World Cup in Russia.”

The Asian Cup holders remain without skipper Mile Jedinak and key forward Robbie Kruse, sidelined through injury.

The Socceroos sit on top of Group B with a perfect record, defeating Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh and Tajikistan. But the trip to Jordan looms as the toughest test for the Socceroos so far. Jordan sits two points behind the Socceroos after three matches.

“On paper this is the toughest match we face but we have seen in the earlier games, especially the clash with Kyrgyzstan away, that these matches present challenges on and off the field,” Postecoglou said.

“The last time Australia faced Jordan in Amman we lost that game so we have to be well prepared.

“I was happy with the way we evolved both in results and our performances in the last two games and we will look to build on that against Jordan.”

Postecoglou said he drafted in Meredith after monitoring the form and progression for the past 18 months.

“We have been keeping an eye on James for the past 18 months and this season he has started well so we’ll bring him in to see how he fits into the system,” Postecoglou said.

“We still need a bit more depth in our fullback areas so James has a chance to impress and show us he can add something to our rapidly increasing pool of players.”

Jackson Irvine and Chris Ikonomidis are absent as the pair travel to Korea with Aurelio Vidmar’s Olyroos squad for two matches against Korea Republic as they continue preparations for January’s Olympic Games Qualifiers.

“Both Jackson and Chris have done well in the Socceroos camp but we think it’s important that we prepare well for these Olympic Games Qualifiers as the Olympic Games offer a big opportunity in the development of these younger players,” Postecoglou said.

“Not just Chris and Jackson, there is a number of players in the Olyroos squad we feel could force their way into the Socceroos squad in the coming years.”

The Socceroos match against Jordan will be broadcast exclusively LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on a one hour delay on SBS.

Socceroo Match Details

Jordan v Australia

8 October 2015

Amman International Stadium, Amman

5pm kick off (1am AEST)

Australia squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient), Adam Federici (Bournemouth), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United).

Defenders: Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Ryan McGowan (Dundee United), James Meredith (Bradford City), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle), Matthew Spiranovic (Hanghzou Greentown), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors), Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Midfielders: Luke Brattan (unattached), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Bani Yas), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City).

Forwards: Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua), Tomi Juric (Roda JC), Mathew Leckie (Ingolstadt), Tommy Oar (Ipswich Town), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Al Ittihad).