Rus­sia hour for Sains­bury, Jones

Comment News (Armadale) - - Sport -

LO­CAL boys Trent Sains­bury and Brad Jones are head­ing to Rus­sia af­ter be­ing named in Aus­tralia’s World Cup squad.

Thorn­lie-born Sains­bury and Ar­madale-born Jones are part of the Soc­ceroos’ 23-man squad who will face France, Den­mark and Peru in the group stage.

Jones played his ju­nior foot­ball at Suther­lands Park and Lyn­wood and grad­u­ated from John Curtin Col­lege’s foot­ball pro­gram, while Sains­bury at­tended Kelm­scott Se­nior High School and made his name as a ju­nior at Ar­madale Soc­cer Club.

While Jones will be the backup goal­keeper to Mat Ryan, Sains­bury will likely be one of the first names on the team-sheet in the heart of de­fence.

The pair join for­mer Perth Glory de­fender Josh Ris­don as the only three rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Western Aus­tralia in the squad.

Sains­bury be­came the Soc­ceroos’ 59th cap­tain last week when he stepped in for reg­u­lar skip­per Mile Je­d­i­nak dur­ing their 4-0 win over the Czech Repub­lic.

The Soc­ceroos de­feated Hun­gary 2-1 on Satur­day night in a pre-tour­na­ment friendly, be­fore ar­riv­ing in Kazan for their open­ing game against France.

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