Bailey Wright will make his debut for Australia in the friendly match against Saudi Arabia in London tomorrow morning (AEST).
Ange Postecoglou confirmed on Sunday that the 22-year old Preston North End defender will start for the Socceroos at Craven Cottage, along with fellow League One player Massimo Luongo.
Postecoglou has been keen to test the depth of the talent pool, handing Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith and Chris Herd debuts in last week's 2-0 loss to Belgium.
Wright has been in several Australian camps, and was part of the Socceroos’ World Cup squad, but has yet to get on the park.
“Bailey’s been in the squad for a little while now and he hasn’t been able to get a run but this is a good opportunity for us to give him an opportunity at this level and see how he copes with it,” Postecoglou said.
“Obviously we gave Trent, Herdy and Brad Smith a little bit of a taste the other night.
“Trent was excellent I thought (not) having played 90 minutes of international football so we want to give Bailey an equal opportunity.
“He’s done everything right in training in the World Cup and this camp so we’ll start him tomorrow night.”
Swindon Town midfielder Luongo appeared against the Belgians and the 21-year-old could start in place of Mark Bresciano against Saudi Arabia.
“Massimo’s another one that’s learnt a great deal over this journey,” Postecoglou said.
“It was a big step up for him to be part of the international scene and then going to a World Cup.
“Whilst he didn’t get on the pitch, he was part of that environment and I’m sensing in this camp he seems a little more comfortable in the group, no doubt about it because of his training.
“He came on the other night and got a fantastic amount of touches in a short space of time, at a time when we were getting a bit ragged and struggling a bit.
“So he’s another one we want to give more experience to. Hopefully he can start feeling comfortable.”
Chris Herd is also likely to feature against the Middle East nation after coming off early against Belgium.
“He did some work on his own with the physio and he felt good, so if he gets through training he’ll be available,” Postecoglou said.
The match will be broadcast live by Fox Sports from Craven Cottage, London, at 8pm Monday (5am Tuesday AEST).comments