Arnold names Australia squad for Jordan challenge
Sydney: Head coach Graham Arnold has announced the 24 players that have been selected to represent Australia for the team’s fourth Asian Qualifiers match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
Australia will play Jordan in Amman next Thursday, and Arnold has selected a slightly extended squad for the fixture as Hertha Berlin ace Mathew Leckie awaits the birth of his second child.
Australia’s squad to play Jordan at the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman next week features the return to national team action for Scotland-based attacking duo Tom Rogic and Martin Boyle, Western United defender Josh Risdon, experienced defender Trent Sainsbury, 16-cap goalkeeper Adam Federici, as well as emerging Barnsley FC midfielder Kenny Dougall.
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"There are a few minor injury issues with some players who were part of our successful October window – including Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren, and Mustafa Amini – so we felt it was important to select players that physically will hit the ground running in Amman,” Arnold explained.
“Overall I am delighted with the strength and balance of the squad that we have selected to play Jordan next week. We will have three training sessions together before the match, and with competition for places for every starting position I expect I will have to make some tough decisions.”
The Caltex Socceroos defeated Kuwait 3-0 (away) to kick-off their Asian Qualifiers campaign in September, before defeating Nepal 5-0 (home) and Chinese Taipei 7-1 (away) last month.
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