Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Sydney: Australian trio Josh Kennedy, Robbie Kruse and Rhys Williams look set to make up for their collective FIFA World Cup 2014 disappointment after they were named in their country’s provisional 46-man squad for January’s AFC Asian Cup.
The three missed Australia’s Brazilian adventure due to injury, but are now in contention to appear at Asia’s premier competition which the Socceroos will kick off by taking on Kuwait on January 9 at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.
“Josh, Robbie 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,” a release from Football Federation Australia quoted head coach Ange Postecoglou as saying.
The provisional squad contains 30 players who have featured in five internationals since the World Cup and all 23 members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, as well as 16 players from the A-League and four fresh faces in the shape of Mustafa Amini, Luke Brattan, Daniel De Silva and Josh Risdon.
“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 explained.
“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.
“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,” said Postecoglou.
The 46-man preliminary Socceroos squad:
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 - Reading FC, England
Ivan Franjic - FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia
Eugene Galekovic - 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 - Liverpool FC, England
Tomi Juric Western - Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Josh Kennedy - Nagoya Grampus, Japan
Robbie Kruse - TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany
Mitchell Langerak - 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 - 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