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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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