Graham Arnold takes ‘train-on’ players into Socceroos camp

Graham Arnold takes ‘train-on’ players into Socceroos camp

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Graham Arnold has named his Socceroos squad to face South Korea at Suncorp Stadium in some 10 days’ time, and has added a four-man list of ‘train-on’ players to camp. 

Thomas Deng, Rhyan Grant, Dimi Petratos and Craig Goodwin will not play against the Asian giants but will link up with the squad for training in a familiarisation effort.

In the main squad – Arnold’s third in charge, including the training camp in Antalya – fit-again duo Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout have returned for the first time since the World Cup.

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Hibernian winger Martin Boyle has also been selected for action. He is now eligible to play for Australia having received a passport after missing last month’s friendly against Kuwait.

Arnold said it was important to bring additional players into the squad with the Socceroos’ Asian Cup defence now just over two months away from beginning.

“We made some great progress in Turkey in September, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait last month,” he said.

“However, this window will be exceptionally important for us as we have only had 15 days to work together as a team on the training pitch.

“In training, and in our friendlies against Korea Republic and Lebanon, we will be looking to introduce more players to the Socceroos system and reward a number of locally based players for their performances in the A-League and FFA Cup.

“With limited opportunities and matches to prepare for next year’s AFC Asian Cup it is important that we make the most of every day that we have together, and by calling in additional train-on players from A-League clubs this will ensure that more players are exposed to our style and standards as we edge towards the tournament.

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“Several players who have been in and around the squad over the past 12 months, such as Andrew Nabbout and James Jeggo, will also be reintroduced to the group as we continue to add depth to the national team player pool.”

Arnold will name a second squad, comprising 23 players, for Australia’s second friendly of the window against Lebanon.

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Mustafa AMINI

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

3 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands

27 (2)

Martin BOYLE

Hibernian FC, Scotland

0 (0)

Milos DEGENEK

Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

18 (0)

Alex GERSBACH

Rosenborg BK, Norway

5 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, England

23 (2)

James JEGGO

FK Austria Wien, Austria

0 (0)

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, Switzerland

39 (8)

Matthew JURMAN

Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

4 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

VfL Bochum, Germany

68 (5)

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

Nagoya Grampus, Japan

8 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, Germany

57 (8)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, England

37 (5)

Awer MABIL

FC Midtjylland, Denmark

1 (1)

Jamie MACLAREN

Hibernian FC, Scotland

6 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Hibernian FC, Scotland

72 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, England

37 (5)

Andrew NABBOUT

Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan

6 (1)

Josh RISDON

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

12 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, Scotland

41 (8)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England

47 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands

39 (3)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, Belgium

2 (0)

The ‘train-on’ players that have been included in camp are:

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Thomas DENG

Melbourne Victory, Australia

1 (0)

Craig GOODWIN

Adelaide United, Australia

3 (0)

Rhyan GRANT

Sydney FC, Australia

0 (0)

Dimitri PETRATOS

Newcastle Jets, Australia

2 (0)

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