Socceroos announce squad ahead of UAE clash

March 14, 2017

Ange Postecoglou has named a 23-man squad for the Socceroos' World Cup Qualifier against United Arab Emirates at Allianz Stadium on March 28.

A-League stars Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Ryhan Grant (Sydney FC), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Daniel Vukovic (Sydney FC) and Rhys Williams (Perth Glory) all made the cut.

The squad also includes experienced stars Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse, Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan, who will line up alongside five uncapped players (Mustafa Amini, James Jeggo, Grant, McGree and Vukovic).

“We’ve come up with a good strong squad that has a mix of experience, form and players who are playing regular football,” Postecoglou said.

“I was pleased with the collective game time the squad got through over the weekend and come into camp playing well.

“We face two important games in five days and it’s good to welcome back some guys who have been out of the squad for different lengths of time for various reasons and I’m confident the group we’ve selected will be ready to hit the ground running.

“There are a lot of important matches in what shapes as a crucial year for the team but the focus for us is simply Iraq on Thursday week and then the UAE in Sydney on March 28.”

The Socceroos will take on Iraq in Tehran before returning to Sydney for their decisive match against UAE. Fans can pre-purchase tickets to the clash at Allianz Stadium here.

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