Socceroos (Graham Arnold and) The Socceroos Thread

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Caltex Socceroos to play Korea Republic in Busan


Football Federation Australia (FFA) today confirmed that an agreement with the Korean Football Association (KFA) has been finalised for an international friendly to be played between the Caltex Socceroos and Korea Republic in the forthcoming FIFA match window.
“It is fantastic news that this friendly has now been finalised and I am itching to get together with our boys in Busan,” Arnold said.
“With the commencement of our 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign only a few months away, next month’s camp and friendly in Korea will provide a great chance for us to work with a selection of players who we expect to play a part on our road to Qatar over the coming years.”
Arnold will announce his squad for Australia’s trip to Korea Republic in the coming weeks.
Australia’s match against Korea Republic will kick-off at 8pm local time (9pm AEST), June 7th and will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network 10 (10 Bold).

https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/caltex-socceroos-play-korea-republic-busan

A big test for Arnold to see where we are at before the Asian qualifiers.
 

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Our main blokes are in form except for our strikers, naturally. Also what are the chances Milligan gets another start?
 

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has announced six debutants in a rather A-League-heavy squad for their upcoming international against Korea Republic.

Arnold has favoured youth over experience in his latest squad, with Mat Ryan, Aaron Mooy, Mat Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Robbie Kruse and Trent Sainsbury among a host of regulars omitted.

Instead, A-League-winning duo Andrew Redmayne and Brandon O'Neill have been rewarded for their successful domestic seasons, alongside Melbourne Victory's Lawrence Thomas, Olyroos centre-back Harry Souttar, Rotherham's Ryan Williams and Brandon Borrello of Freiburg.

Only three players form the last Socceroos starting XI have returned to the squad, with Arnold eager to witness Aziz Behich, Chris Ikonomidis and Rhyan Grant in action once more ahead of future FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

"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.

"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 at 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 Hyundai 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."

The Socceroos will face Korea Republic on June 7 in what will be their first competitive fixture since their 2019 Asian Cup campaign in January.
https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/six-debutants-headline-fresh-faced-socceroos-squad

FULL SOCCEROOS SQUAD FOR THE KOREA REPUBLIC FRIENDLY

Mustafa Amini

Aarhus Gymnastikforening, DenmarK, 5 caps (0 goals)

Terry Antonis

Melbourne Victory, Australia, 3 (0)

Aziz Behich

PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands, 35 (2)

Brandon Borrello

SC Freiberg, Germany, 0 (0)

Joshua Brillante

Sydney FC, Australia, 5 (0)

Thomas Deng

Melbourne Victory, Australia, 1 (0)

Craig Goodwin

Adelaide United, Australia, 3 (0)

Rhyan Grant

Sydney FC, Australia, 7 (0)

Chris Ikonomidis

Perth Glory, Australia, 12 (2)

James Jeggo

Austria Wien, Austria, 1 (0)

Matthew Jurman

Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia, 7 (0)

Mitch Langerak

Nagoya Grampus, Japan, 8 (0)

Awer Mabil

FC Midtjylland, Denmark, 9 (4)

Brandon O’Neill

Sydney FC, Australia, 0 (0)

Dimitri Petratos

Newcastle Jets, Australia, 2 (0)

Andrew Redmayne

Sydney FC, Australia, 0 (0)

Brad Smith

Seattle Sounders FC, USA, 19 (0)

Harry Souttar

Stoke City FC, England, 0 (0)

Matthew Spiranovic

Perth Glory, Australia, 35 (0)

Adam Taggart

Suwon Bluewings, Korea Republic, 8 (4)

Lawrence Thomas

Melbourne Victory, Australia, 0 (0)

Rhys Williams

Al-Qadsiah FC, Saudi Arabia, 14 (0)

Ryan Williams

Rotherham United, England, 0 (0)

Bailey Wright

Bristol City FC, England, 23 (1)
 

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Odd squad. Rhys Williams back from nowhere. Bailey Wright suddenly back. Ryan Williams finally called up. Spiranovic rewarded for a good season. Brad Smith recalled. Goodwin finally called up.

I mean, it is a friendly after all.
 

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christ thats a shocking squad
A few surprises that’s for sure, It’s only a friendly and Arnold looks to be trying a few players out especially from the A-League. I don’t expect many of them to be considered for the qualifiers.
 

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One friendly. 24 players. Really?

Redmayne
Grant - Wright - Spiranovic - Goodwin
Ryan Williams - Petratos - Brilliante - Amini
Ikonomidis - Taggart - Mabil

I honestly have no idea what to do with the midfield. No friggin clue
 

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That looks like a squad we'd send to the East Asian Football Federation championship again
 

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One friendly. 24 players. Really?

Redmayne
Grant - Wright - Spiranovic - Goodwin
Ryan Williams - Petratos - Brilliante - Amini
Ikonomidis - Taggart - Mabil

I honestly have no idea what to do with the midfield. No friggin clue
I like what you've done with the midfield allowing us to play with 12 :).
 

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I like what you've done with the midfield allowing us to play with 12 :).
Mate we are so bad that FIFA will allow us this handicap. Take Amini out of that lineup and Walla, that's what I would play.
 

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Redmayne seriously don’t we have any other keepers in Australia
After Ryan, all of out number twos are old as fu**. Langerak, Federici, Vukovic and Brad Jones were all amongst the world cup squad. Do we have any Aussie keepers playing decently overseas? Cause all of our Australian A League keepers are not international standard.
 
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