Aus­tralia call up young guns for Saudi, Ja­pan games

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MID­FIELDER James Jeggo could earn his first cap for the Soc­ceroos af­ter be­ing named yes­ter­day in Aus­tralia’s squad for World Cup qual­i­fiers against Saudi Ara­bia and Ja­pan next month.

Coach Ange Postecoglou has made three changes to the squad, call­ing up the un­capped Jeggo and Nether­lands-based Craig Good­win, while de­fender Bai­ley Wright re­turns af­ter miss­ing the first two qual­i­fiers through in­jury.

Jeggo, 24, moved to SK Sturm Graz this year af­ter stints with Mel­bourne Vic­tory and Ade­laide United in Aus­tralia’s A-League.

“We’ve made a cou­ple of slight tweaks to the squad in line with our mantra of se­lect­ing play­ers who are in form and fit­ness, and we’d like to have a good look at Craig Good­win and James Jeggo, who have started their sea­sons well in Europe,” Postecoglou said.

“Bai­ley Wright also comes back in af­ter he missed the first two matches through in­jury and we go to Saudi Ara­bia and then back to Mel­bourne with a squad we are com­fort­able can con­tinue the good start we achieved.”

Asian cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia de­feated Iraq 2-0 in Perth and the United Arab Emi­rates 1-0 in Abu Dhabi ear­lier this month to kick off their fi­nal round qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

They face Saudi Ara­bia, who beat Thai­land and Iraq in their first two matches, in Jed­dah on October 6 be­fore re­turn­ing to Mel­bourne on October 11 to play Ja­pan.

“These two games come pretty quickly af­ter the two matches we played against Iraq and the UAE and we face sim­i­lar chal­lenges against tough op­po­si­tion, but we are con­fi­dent in our pro­cesses and plan­ning,” Postecoglou said. –

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