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Strong Socceroos squad set for Canberra & Kaohsiung

Sydney: A strong Socceroos squad will arrive in Canberra early next week eager to build upon Australia’s great start to the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

Head coach Graham Arnold announced Australia’s squad for October’s international window on Friday, with important fixtures against Nepal in the nation’s capital (October 10) and Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung (October 15) on the horizon.

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The bulk of the Socceroos’ squad that recorded a dominant 3-0 win over Kuwait in Kuwait City last month will take part in Australia’s next two fixtures.

Defender Trent Sainsbury who is managing a minor injury is absent, with experienced Bristol City defender Bailey Wright, who has 23 international caps to his credit, returning to Arnold’s roster.

Socceroos skipper Mark Milligan, who has played significant minutes for Southend United after he was withdrawn from Australia’s squad in September due to a minor leg injury, also returns.

“Our group did very well in their first qualifier away from home, so I am pleased to be able maintain significant consistency within the squad as we seek to build upon our strong start to qualifying for Qatar,” Arnold said.

“Trent (Sainsbury) is managing a minor injury but remains on standby for the squad should we need to call him in. Bailey (Wright) is a big part of our plans and a great player and person to have in the squad, so we are pleased that he will be with us this month.

“Many of the players in our squad for this window have impressed with their clubs since our win in Kuwait, so we are confident that they will arrive ready to put on great performances both home and away.”

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