Socceroo’s World Cup squad: Trent Sainsbury and Tom Rogic shock omissions, teenage sensation Garang Kuol makes cut
A-League top kid Garang Kuol and his teammate from the Central Coast Jason Cummings are in Australia’s 26-man squad for the World Cup.
But Kuol’s 18-year-old colleague, who was born in Sydney and lives in Italy Cristiano Volpatohas turned down Australia’s offer to be part of the Socceroos Cup campaign in Qatar.
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Coach Graham Arnold missed that Tom Rogicwho withdrew from the final stages of the Socceroos Cup qualifiers for personal reasons and has had limited playing time lately.
Experienced defender Trent Sainsbury is another notable omission and goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was also not selected despite its continued excellence in Japan.
Arnold has chosen Andrew Redmayne and Danny Vukovic as backups for stewards and first-choice captains Matt Ryan.
Ryan and Matthew Leckie will compete in its third World Cup after being included in the Australia squad announced on Tuesday.
The selection of English Premier League native Kuol, who is yet to play at senior level, and fellow forward Cummings ousted the Japan-based striker Adam Taggart from the squad.
League A goalscorer Jamie Maclaren and Japan-based frontman Mitchell Duke made it.
Arnold also named key players Ajdin Hrustic (ankle) and winger Martin Boyle (Knee) despite both carrying injuries.
And an outstanding centre-back Harry Souttar was admitted, although he has only returned to action in the last few weeks following knee reconstruction surgery last November.
Souttar’s colleague at centre-back Kye Rowles was also named after returning from a foot injury just last weekend.
Adelaide United captain Craig Goodwin is among the seven players in the A-League men’s squad, alongside Leckie, Maclaren, Kuol, Cummings, Vukovic and Redmayne.
“It has been a unique and difficult qualifying campaign and we now come to Qatar with an exciting squad who will do whatever it takes to make Australia proud on the world stage,” said Arnold.
“We have worked hard to give younger players the opportunity during the season to introduce them to international football and measure them against the best.
“And I’m thrilled with the development and maturity of this group who are now getting a chance on the biggest possible stage.”
Australia’s squad will start lining up in Qatar on Saturday and the full team will train in Doha for the first time on Monday.
The Socceroos Cup campaign kicks off on November 23rd (AEST) against reigning champions France with games against Tunisia on November 26th (AEST) and Denmark on December 1st (AEST).
Mat Ryan (Captain), Nathaniel Atkinson, Keanu Baccus, Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Jason Cummings, Milos Degenek, Thomas Deng, Cameron Devlin, Mitchell Duke, Craig Goodwin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Fran Karacic, Joel King, Garang Kuol , Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Redmayne, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Danny Vukovic, Bailey Wright.
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