World Cup 2022: Everything you need to know about the Socceroos squad in Qatar

The Socceroos squad has gathered in Qatar as preparations kick off for the first FIFA World Cup match against France (Wednesday 23 November, 6am AEDT).

Let’s take a closer look at the 26 players coach Graham Arnold has called up in the Socceroos squad for the flagship soccer event in Qatar.

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Nathaniel Atkinson

Age: 23. Caps: 5. Goals: 0

Defender. Club: Hearts, Scotland. Youth Club: Riverside Olympic, Tasmania.

Impressive in Scotland after four seasons at Melbourne City, vying for a difficult spot at right-back.

Keanu Baccus

Age: 24. Caps: 1. Goals: 0

Midfield player. Club: St Mirren, Scotland. Youth Club: Parklea, NSW

Born in South Africa, a standout in Western Sydney before moving to Scotland this year.

Aziz Behich

Age: 31. Caps: 53. Goals: 2

Defender. Club: Dundee United, Scotland. Junior Club: Meadow Park, Victoria.

The first-choice left-back offers momentum and drive, with a penchant for attacking positions.

Martin Boyle

Age: 29. Caps: 19. Goals: 5

winger. Club: Hibernian, Scotland. Youth Club: Lewis United, Scotland.

Born and based in Scotland, a key gear in attack offering speed and skill on the right.

Jason Cummings

Age: 27. Caps: 1. Goals: 1

Striker. Club: Central Coast Mariners. Youth Club: Lothian Thistle Hutchinson Vale, Scotland.

Represented Scotland at U19 and U21 levels before shooting to Australian prominence after signing with the Mariners in January.

Aaron Mooy will be a key player for the Socceroos at the World Cup. Recognition: David Hunt/AAP

Milo Degenek

Age: 28. Caps: 38. Goals: 1

Defender. Club: Columbus Crew, United States. Youth Club: Blacktown City, NSW.

The Croatian native played in Australia’s underage teams and has been a fixture in defense since his debut in 2016.

Thomas Deng

Age: 25. Caps: 2. Goals: 0

Defender. Club: Albirex Niigata, Japan. Youth Club: Adelaide Blue Eagles, SA.

The South Sudanese refugee offers defensive versatility, either on the flank or in a central stop role.

Cameron Devlin

Age: 24. Caps: 1. Goals: 0

Midfield player. Club: Hearts, Scotland. Youth Club: Sutherland Sharks, NSW.

Shining in Scotland after stints at Sydney FC, Wellington Phoenix and Newcastle Jets brings depth to the defensive midfield.

Mitch Duke

Age: 31. Caps: 21. Goals: 8

Striker. Club: Fagiano Okayama, Japan. Youth Club: Liverpool Rangers, NSW.

Amid a successful stint in Japan’s second division, coach Graham Arnold was given a second life in the international ranks after six years on the wing.

Craig Goodwin

Age: 30. Caps: 10. Goals: 1

winger. Club: Adelaide United. Youth Club: Munno Para City, SA.

Fierce left winger whose dead-ball skills have been compared by coach Arnold to England great David Beckham.

Ajdin Hrustic

Age: 26: Caps: 20. Goals: 3

Midfield player. Club: Hellas Verona, Italy. Youth Club: Heatherton United, Victoria.

Refined ball user and first-choice attacking midfielder with a touch of class and an eye for goal.

Jackson Irvine

Age: 29. Caps: 49. Goals: 7

Midfield player. Club: St. Pauli, Germany. Youth Club: Ringwood City, Victoria.

The tireless worker has become a regular in midfield, heading into his second World Cup.

Fran Karacic

Age: 26. Caps: 11. Goals: 1

Defender. Club: Brescia, Italy. Youth Club: NK Lokomotiva, Croatia.

Born in Croatia, he had never been to Australia before making his debut last year. Contender for the position of right-back.

Joel King

Age: 22. Caps: 4. Goals: 0

Defender. Club: Odense, Denmark. Youth Club: Shellharbour, NSW.

The second-choice left-back behind Behich, who has risen through Australia’s junior ranks, is seen as a player of the future.

Garang Kuol

Age: 18: Caps: 1. Goals: 0

winger. Club: Central Coast Mariners. Youth Club: Goulburn Valley Suns, Victoria.

From a South Sudanese refugee family, burst into the squad and becomes the youngest Socceroo to play at a World Cup.

Teenage star Garang Kuol is the youngest member of the Socceroos. Recognition: Darren England/AAP

Matthew Leckie

Age: 31. Caps: 73. Goals: 13

winger. Club: Melbourne City. Youth Club: Brimbank Stallions, Victoria.

A standout at the last two World Cups, has pace and skill and is an automatic starter.

Awer Mabil

Age: 27. Caps: 29. Goals: 8

winger. Club: Cadiz, Spain. Youth Club: Saint Augustines, SA.

A Kenyan-born South Sudanese refugee, an attacker with the flair, pace and confidence to take on opponents.

Jamie Maclaren

Age: 29. Caps. 26. Goals: 8

Striker. Club: Melbourne City. Youth Club: Green Gully, Victoria.

Prolific goalscorer in the A-League ranks, not known as a great ball winner but known for needing just one shot to create chances.

Riley McGree

Age: 24. Caps: 11. Goals: 1

Midfield player. Club: Middlesbrough, England. Youth Club: Gawler Eagles, South Australia.

Chosen ahead of Tom Rogic as a second-line attacking midfielder behind Hrustic, another who is being tipped as key for the future.

Aaron Muoy

Age: 32. Caps: 53. Goals: 7

Midfield player. Club: Celtic, Scotland. Youth Club: Carlingford Redbacks, NSW.

The calm and collected defensive midfielder, the linchpin between defense and attack, is seen at his second World Cup.

Andrew Redmayne

Age: 33. Caps: 4. Goals: 0

Goalkeeper. Club: Sydney FC. Youth Club: Gosford City Dragons, NSW.

Australia’s qualifying play-off penalty shoot-out hero, who secured a World Cup spot, has extensive experience at five A-League clubs.

Kye Rowles

Age: 24. Caps: 3. Goals: 0

Defender. Club: Hearts, Scotland. Junior Club: Palm Beach, Queensland.

Another, destined for Australia’s junior ranks, impressed in central defense before suffering a foot injury that led to the trophy.

Matthew Ryan

Age: 30. Caps: 75. Goals: 0

Goalkeeper. Club: FC Copenhagen, Denmark. Youth Club: Blacktown City, NSW.

First-choice captain and goalkeeper who played in his third World Cup and is revered for his leadership.

Harry Souttar

Age: 24. Caps: 10. Goals: 6.

Defender. Club: Stoke City, England. Youth Club: Brechin City Boys Club, Scotland.

The Aberdeen-born, imposing centre-back who is a prolific goalscorer from corners recently returned to the game after knee reconstruction.

Socceroos defender Harry Souttar’s return from injury is a huge boost for the team. Recognition: Dan Himbrecht/AAP

Danny Vukovic

Age: 37. Caps: 4. Goals: 0

Goalkeeper. Club: Central Coast Mariners. Youth Club: St Clair United, NSW.

Surprise pick ahead of Mitch Langerak, who will be third-choice goalkeeper in his second World Cup.

Bailey Wright

Age: 30. Caps: 27. Goals: 2.

Defender. Club: Sunderland, England. Youth Club: Langwarrin, Victoria.

Reliable centre-back in his second World Cup, based in the UK for the past 12 years.


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