Rogic returns for Socceroos World Cup qualifiers

Asian Cup heroes Robbie Kruse and Massimo Luongo, as well as attacking midfielder Tom Rogic, have been recalled to the Socceroos line-up for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan early next month. 

All three strike weapong return from injury and add significant weight to coach Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

The match against Bangladesh will be held in Perth on September 3 before the Socceroos take on Tajikistan in Dushanbe on September 8.

Rogic was last part of the Socceroos set up in the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and his selection follows a bright start to the season with Celtic.

Meanwhile Kruse and Luongo also come back into the fold after missing the 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in June.

“It’s a positive that we’ve been able to recall Massimo (Luongo), Robbie (Kruse) and Tom Rogic after they missed recent matches and they add attacking options to the squad for the two matches in Perth and Dushanbe,” Postecoglou said.

“All three have regained fitness and started the season in form so they come back in and give us plenty of options and good depth in an attacking sense. When you add them to the likes of Tim Cahill, Mat Leckie,Tomi Juric, Nathan Burns and Tommy Oar the fans in Perth have a lot to get excited about.

“We started the World Cup qualification process with a win against Kyrgyzstan in tough conditions and now we have to continue that in front of our own fans in Perth and then on another tricky away trip to Dushanbe.”

Postecoglou has also drafted Aaron Mooy, Adam Federici, Jackson Irvine, Ryan McGowan and uncapped goalkeeper Alex Cisak into the Socceroo squad, which will return to Perth for the first time since 2005.

They replace Oliver Bozanic, Chris Ikonimidis, Daniel de Silva, Ivan Franjic, Eugene Galekovic, Mitch Langerak, Tomislav Mrcela and James Troisi.

“The players we have brought into the squad have all started their respective seasons with some good performances and will get an opportunity to impress while they are in good form and fitness,” Postecoglou said.

Australia has never played Bangladesh or Tajikistan at full international level.

The Socceroos matches against Bangladesh and Tajikistan will be broadcast exclusively LIVE on FOX SPORTS 4 (channel 505) and on a one hour delay on SBS.

Socceroo Match Details

Australia v Bangladesh ​​​​​

3 September 2015    

nib Stadium, Perth ​​​​​

7pm (AWT) kick off (9pm AEST)​​​​

Tajikistan v Australia

8 September 2015 

Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe

6pm kick off (10pm AEST)

Socceroos squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier v Bangladesh and Tajikistan

Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey)

Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo, Japan)               

Tim Cahill (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua)

Alex Cisak (gk, Leyton Orient FC, England)

Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town, England)

Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United FC, Australia)    

Adam Federici (gk, AFC Bournemouth, England)       

Jackson Irvine (Ross County, Scotland)  

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace FC, England)           

Tomi Juric (Roda JC Kerkrade, Netherlands)

Robbie Kruse (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany)       

Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany)          

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers FC, England)           

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United, Scotland)            

Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar, Australia)               

Mark Milligan (Baniyas SC, UAE)       

Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City FC, Australia)     

Tommy Oar (Unattached)       

Tom Rogic (Celtic FC, Scotland)          

Mat Ryan (gk Valencia CF, Spain)           

Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown FC, China)              

Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic)     

Bailey Wright (Preston North End FC, England)