Tim Cahill of the Socceroos gives the thumbs up during the international friendly against Brazil at the MCG.
Tim Cahill of the Socceroos gives the thumbs up during the international friendly against Brazil at the MCG. JULIAN SMITH

Socceroos squad confirmed for vital World Cup qualifiers

ANGE Postecoglou has confirmed the provisional Socceroos squad tasked with qualifying the team for the 2018 World Cup.

With two do-or-die World Cup qualifiers looming against Japan (away) and Thailand (at AAMI Park), Postecoglou has named 30 players, with the final 23-man squad to be confirmed on on August 23.

Headlining the squad is the return of defender Matthew Spiranovic, who last donned the green and gold in the November qualifying draw in Thailand.

Spiranovic, alongside former Sydney FC defender Matthew Jurman, have bolstered the defensive stocks in place of Dylan McGowan, who earned a call-up for the Confederations Cup.

Roos skipper Mile Jedinak also earns a recall after missing out on the trip to Russia due to a groin injury. Having had surgery during the off-season, Jedinak has missed the start of Aston Villa's campaign.

 

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou waits for the start of the Confederations Cup clash with Chile in Moscow.
Australia coach Ange Postecoglou waits for the start of the Confederations Cup clash with Chile in Moscow. Ivan Sekretarev

Meanwhile, fringe players Mustafa Amini, Riley McGree, Awer Mabil and Adam Federici have earned recalls to the provisional squad.

GOALKEEPERS: Mathew Ryan, Mitchell Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Adam Federici

DEFENCE: Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Bailey Wright, Ryan McGowan, Trent Sainsbury, Matt Jurman, Matthew Spiranovic

MIDFIELD: Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, James Troisi, James Jeggo, Ajdin Hrustic, Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Tom Rogic, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Riley McGree, Mustafa Amini

ATTACK: Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Jamie Maclaren, Awer Mabil

News Corp Australia

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