New and familiar faces come together for June Socceroos camp

New and familiar faces come together for June Socceroos camp

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Graham Arnold has revealed his Socceroos squad for June’s international friendly against South Korea, recalling a number fringe players alongside a host of A-League talent.

Perhaps the most notable recalls are those of Matt Spiranovic and Brad Smith, who have not been involved with the national team since before the 2018 World Cup.

Spiranovic returns to the fold after some 18 months out of the picture. Former manager Ange Postecoglou was critical of the level the centre-back he had been playing at: China League One – the Chinese second tier – with Hangzhou Greentown.

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However, after his contract ended there, he returned to Australia with Perth Glory. The 30-year-old overcame injury early in his time with Glory and became a key cog in their run to the premiership and grand final.

Smith meanwhile has found consistency in the USA, where he is on loan at Seattle Sounders from AFC Bournemouth. Since landing in the MLS, Smith has chalked up 12 appearances and three assists.

Following a seemingly endless stream of questions, Adam Taggart has finally found his way back into the squad for the first time since 2014. The 25-year-old moved to K-League 1 side Suwon Bluewings in January and has scored five goals in 11 appearances.

There are also a number of new names on the squad list to face the Taeguk Warriors in Busan on June 7, including Brandon Borrello, Brandon O’Neill, Andrew Redmayne, Lawrence Thomas, Harry Souttar and Ryan Williams.

“Our World Cup qualification campaign preparations start now. The upcoming camp and friendly international in Korea Republic provides us the opportunity to expose more players to international football, which is vital as we prepare for a long qualification campaign,” Arnold said.

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“We have seen how arduous the previous World Cup path was for our squad and it is imperative that we spend this valuable time together to have a close look and some of our next generation.

“We have eleven players in this squad who have all had excellent seasons in the domestic competition and my message to those playing in the A-League is that if you are playing regularly and consistently for your club, you will come into consideration for the next phase of World Cup qualifiers.

“This international window also gives me the chance to spend an extended time with some of our more experienced players who have recently been missing from international football, but have been playing well for their respective clubs like Matthew Spiranovic, Rhys Williams, Adam Taggart, Bailey Wright, Josh Brillante and Brad Smith.”

Arnold added that the time was right to rest his more recognisable players of the likes of Aaron Mooy, Maty Ryan and Massimo Luongo, affording them holiday periods after tough seasons.

NameClub, CountryA-International Caps (Goals)
Mustafa AminiAarhus Gymnastikforening, Denmark5 (0)
Terry AntonisMelbourne Victory, Australia3 (0)
Aziz BehichPSV Eindhoven, Netherlands35 (2)
Brandon BorrelloSC Freiberg, Germany0 (0)
Joshua BrillanteSydney FC, Australia5 (0)
Thomas DengMelbourne Victory, Australia1 (0)
Craig GoodwinAdelaide United, Australia3 (0)
Rhyan GrantSydney FC, Australia7 (0)
Chris IkonomidisPerth Glory, Australia12 (2)
James JeggoAustria Wien, Austria1 (0)
Matthew JurmanAl-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia7 (0)
Mitch LangerakNagoya Grampus, Japan8 (0)
Awer MabilFC Midtjylland, Denmark9 (4)
Brandon O’NeillSydney FC, Australia0 (0)
Dimitri PetratosNewcastle Jets, Australia2 (0)
Andrew RedmayneSydney FC, Australia0 (0)
Brad SmithSeattle Sounders FC, USA19 (0)
Harry SouttarStoke City FC, England0 (0)
Matthew SpiranovicPerth Glory, Australia35 (0)
Adam TaggartSuwon Bluewings, Korea Republic8 (4)
Lawrence ThomasMelbourne Victory, Australia0 (0)
Rhys WilliamsAl-Qadsiah FC, Saudi Arabia14 (0)
Ryan WilliamsRotherham United, England0 (0)
Bailey WrightBristol City FC, England23 (1)

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