Rolling Socceroos XI: Mile and Sainsbury trading places?

Rolling Socceroos XI: Mile and Sainsbury trading places?


We’ve qualified for Russia 2018, so what better time to bring back the Rolling Socceroos XI?

Now, there is just over one month until the squad will reconvene once more in Turkey before the World Cup.

There are two changes to this week’s team with Mile Jedinak and Tom Rogic back in the frame.


Goalkeeper – Mat Ryan: Will not be displaced.

Right-back – Josh Risdon: Best available out and out right-back. Western Sydney Wanderers missing out on the A-League finals will do his selection hopes no favours.

Centre-back – Trent Sainsbury: has started life at Grasshopper as a No.6, but the evidence still suggests he is best utilised as a centre-half. To say he should be moved into midfield will take some convincing.

Centre-back – Milos Degenek: Starting regularly and in reasonable form under Ange Postecoglou at Yokohama F Marinos. Bailey Wright has not played the last fortnight with Bristol City so the door is open.

Left-back – Aziz Behich: Keeps on keeping on at Bursaspor. First choice but James Meredith keeps putting the pressure on at Millwall.

Defensive-midfield – Mile Jedinak: Like Sainsbury, has been playing out of position at Aston Villa but is doing the job set well.

Defensive-midfield – Massimo Luongo: Missed a week for QPR with illness but was back in the starting XI and playing 90 minutes in the Championship on the weekend.

Attacking-midfield – Tom Rogic: Came back into the Celtic starting XI after a week off with a management issue. Was used to great effect too, scoring in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers.

Right-midfield – Mathew Leckie: Saw a half for Hertha Berlin against Koln. Holding onto his spot in the team.

Left-midfield – Robbie Kruse: He is in decent shape, and so too are VfL Bochum. Played 90 minutes at the weekend.

Striker – Jamie Maclaren: Had no game this week though that was simply due to the Scottish Cup semis, which Hibernian were not apart of.


Chris Ikonomidis – Another who will suffer from Western Sydney’s season early. Did not have his best game against Adelaide United but would have appreciated the chance to further impress Bert van Marwijk.

Nikita Rukavytsya – Continues to show some excellent form in Israel. Scored again over the weekend to bring his season tally up to 11 goals. Not so much of a smokey and looks likely to be included for Russia, but is pushing hard for more than just a cameo.