Postecoglou names 46-man provisional squad for Asian Cup

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named a provisional 46-man squad for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 including four uncapped players.

Postecoglou has thrown a lifeline to Rhys Williams and Josh Kennedy, who missed the World Cup with injury, but excluded veteran Socceroo Luke Wilkshire who plays in the Eredivisie top flight with Feyenoord.

Bailey Wright and Adam Taggart were given the nod despite struggling with recent injuries but Celtic's Tom Rogic was overlooked.

Uncapped players Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II), Luke Brattan (Brisbane Roar), Daniel De Silva (Perth Glory) and Josh Risdon (Perth Glory) will get their chance to impress.

While Nathan Burns has been rewarded with a call-up following his blistering start to the A-League season with Wellington Phoenix.

The squad, which will be trimmed to 23 before the tournament starts, reflects Postecoglou’s desire to broaden the national team's talent pool ahead of kick-off on January 9.

The provisional Socceroos squad contains:

•             30 players who have taken the field in five internationals since the World Cup. Plus a further two named in squads without taking the field.

•             All 23 members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad

•             Four uncapped players

•             16 players from the Hyundai A-League

“I’m happy with the depth of squad we have been able to name and it is now up to these 46 guys to ensure they are selected in the final squad for the Asian Cup and rise to the challenge ahead,” Postecoglou said.

“We have set about trying to broaden the depth of players and I’m happy with how that has transpired over the last five matches since the World Cup. We have a good group of players to choose from for what will be an exciting time for Australian football," Postecoglou said.

“Josh, Robbie (Kruse) and Rhys missed the World Cup through injury so it is nice to be able to select them in the provisional squad and there is no doubt their proven international record will give us a boost if they are named in the final squad of 23.

There is also hope for Hyundai A-League players Terry Antonis, Luke Brattan, Nathan Burns, Daniel De Silva, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Tomi Juric, Aaron Mooy, Mitch Nichols, Josh Risdon, Nikita Rukavytsya, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who have come into the frame after good early season domestic form.

“We still have three or four weeks before we finalise the squad so there is opportunity for all 46 players to push their claims for inclusion in the final list of 23.”

Socceroos Squad announcement timetable:

1.            AFC Asian Cup regulations specify a squad of between 23-50 players must be nominated to the AFC by December 9.

2.            The final squad of 23 must be submitted by December 30.

3.            Players injured up to the start of the tournament can be replaced but the new player must come from the original list submitted on December 9.


Mustafa Amini, B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany     -

Terry Antonis, Sydney FC, Australia      

Aziz Behich, Bursaspor, Turkey          

Oliver Bozanic FC Luzern, Switzerland 

Luke Brattan, Brisbane Roar, Australia                -

Mark Bresciano, Al Gharafa, Qatar            

Joshua Brillante, ACF Fiorentina, Italy      

Nathan Burns, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand          

Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls, USA             

Jason Davidson, West Bromwich Albion F.C., England      

Daniel De Silva,  Perth Glory, Australia    

Adam Federici (gk), Reading FC, England      

Ivan Franjic  FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia        

Eugene Galekovic (gk), Adelaide United, Australia          

Ben Halloran, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany   

Chris Herd, Aston Villa, England       

James Holland, FK Austria Vienna, Austria           

Bernie Ibini-Isei, Sydney FC, Australia      

Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace FC, England           

Brad Jones (gk) Liverpool FC, England    

Tomi Juric, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia            

Josh Kennedy, Nagoya Grampus, Japan              

Robbie Kruse, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany       

Mitchell Langerak (gk), B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany    

Mathew Leckie, FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany          

Massimo Luongo, Swindon Town FC, England         

Ryan McGowan, Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, China       

Matt McKay, Brisbane Roar, Australia  

Mark Milligan, Melbourne Victory FC, Australia               

Aaron Mooy, Melbourne City, Australia           

Mitch Nichols, Perth Glory, Australia    

Tommy Oar, FC Utrecht, Netherlands              

Josh Risdon, Perth Glory, Australia    

Nikita Rukavytsya, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia            

Mat Ryan (gk), Club Brugge KV, Belgium             

Trent Sainsbury, P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands         

Brad Smith, Liverpool FC, England    

Matthew Spiranovic, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia            

Adam Taggart, Fulham FC, England        

Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia            

James Troisi, S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium    

Carl Valeri, Melbourne Victory FC, Australia               

Dario Vidosic, FC Sion, Switzerland      

Alex Wilkinson, Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic     

Rhys Williams, Middlesbrough, England              

Bailey Wright, Preston North End FC, England 


Australia v Kuwait
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Friday, January 9
8pm kick off (AEDT)

Australia v Oman
Stadium Australia
Tuesday 13 January
8pm kick off (AEDT)

Australia v Korea Republic
Brisbane Stadium
Saturday 17 January
7pm kick off (8pm AEDT)