Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Socceros names 20 overseas-based players for WCup qualifiers

SYDNEY (NWN) – Australia have added 20 overseas-based players to their squad for the World Cup qualifying match against Saudi Arabia on November 11 in Sydney, more than two years away due to COVID-19 travel and quarantine. The team’s first home game. Sanctions.

Tom Rogick will miss the match due to injury while fellow midfielder Aaron Mooy is also unavailable due to club commitments. Rojic has been sidelined for three weeks after a hamstring strain while playing for Celtic and Mooy is in quarantine after being recalled to his Chinese club Shanghai Port.

Adam Taggart is also missing due to a knee injury.

The only uncapped player in the squad named on Friday by coach Graham Arnold was Gianni Stensnes, formerly of the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, now playing with Viking FK in Norway.

The match at Parramatta’s western Sydney stadium comes after months of talks between Football Australia and the New South Wales government, as well as the Asian Football Confederation, which have allowed eligible players to join the team without severe quarantine restrictions.

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The match will be played with 75% stadium capacity – approximately 22,000 spectators.

Due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Socceroos have not played in Australia since October 2019 when the team defeated Nepal 5-0 in Canberra in a World Cup qualifier.

Australia will play their second World Cup qualifying match against China in the United Arab Emirates on 16 November in the international window.

Australia are second in Group B behind Saudi Arabia, having won all four matches in this round. The Socceroos lost their perfect record with a 2–1 loss to Japan on 12 October.


Australia squad: Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Milos Degenek, Kenneth Dougal, Mitchell Duke, Callum Elder, Dennis Genreau, Ryan Grant, Ajdin Hurstick, Jackson Irwin, James Jego, Fran Karasik, Matthew Leckie, Ever Mabil, Jamie McLaren, Riley McGree , Andrew Nabout, Nikita Rukavatsya, Matthew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Harry Souter, Gianni Stensness, Lawrence Thomas, Danny Vukovic.


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