CON­FED­ER­A­TIONS CUP SQUAD

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

GOAL­KEEP­ERS:

MAT RYAN Age: 24 Caps: 32 No. 1 Club: Genk, Bel­gium Our undis­puted No.1 for three years but now in a race to start. A true in­ter­na­tional, Ryan comes to Rus­sia from a loan in Bel­gium from Span­ish pay­mas­ters Va­len­cia. Re­cently pro­moted Premier League side Brighton & Hove Al­bion con­firmed his sign­ing on a five-year deal.

MITCHELL LANGERAK Age: 28 Caps: 8 No.12 Club: VfB Stuttgart, Ger­many A first com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ance for his coun­try and a glam­our friendly against Brazil in the past three months means it’s a good time to be Langerak. Will push Ryan to start in Rus­sia.

DANNY VUKOVIC Age: 32 Caps: 0 No.18 Club: Syd­ney FC The Sky Blues cus­to­dian has com­pleted one of the A-League’s best cam­paigns be­tween the sticks but it would be a ma­jor sur­prise to see him pick up a first in­ter­na­tional cap in Rus­sia.

DE­FEND­ERS:

TRENT SAINS­BURY Age: 25 Caps: 27 Goals: 3 No.20 Club: In­ter Mi­lan, Italy The cen­tre back with an eye for goal will surely be one of the first names on the team sheet in Rus­sia. An Asian Cup win­ner, Sains­bury has also ex­pe­ri­enced life at a big club with In­ter.

BAI­LEY WRIGHT Age: 24 Caps: 15 Goals: 1 No.8 Club: Bris­tol City, Eng­land The im­pos­ing stop­per is an Ange Postecoglou favourite and has the chance to play at his first tour­na­ment in Rus­sia — and put aside his first-minute howler against Brazil last week.

MI­LOS DEGENEK Age: 23 Caps: 9 Goals: 0 No.2 Club: Yoko­hama Mari­nos, Jap In just a year, the Croa­t­ian-born de­fender has be­come a vi­tal part of the Soc­ceroos squad and is a likely starter against Ger­many, his club home un­til a re­cent move to Ja­pan.

RYAN MC­GOWAN Age: 27 Caps: 19 Goals: 0 No.19 Club: Guizhou Zhicheng, China The on-again, off-again Soc­ceroo has ben­e­fited from Matthew Spi­ra­novic’s ab­sence to win a place at the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, where he will bat­tle with Degenek and Wright to start.

DY­LAN MC­GOWAN Age: 25 Caps: 1 Goals: 0 No.6 Club: Ade­laide Utd The younger of the two South Aus­tralian de­fend­ers, Dy­lan has won his spot - and a club move to Por­tu­gal - as the A-League’s high­est scor­ing de­fender de­spite United’s dour ti­tle de­fence.

AZIZ BEHICH Age: 26 Caps: 14 Goals: 2 No.16 Club: Bur­sas­por, Turkey With­out a Soc­ceroos cap in two years, a solid club sea­son and Brad Smith’s in­jury means the exVic­tory and City man will start on the left against Ger­many

ALEX GERS­BACH Age: 20 Caps: 2 Goals: 0 No.3 Club: Rosen­borg, Nor­way Likely to make up the num­bers in Rus­sia but time is on the side of the tal­ented 20-year-old, who is de­vel­op­ing well at club level with the Nor­we­gian cham­pi­ons.

MID­FIELD:

MARK MIL­LI­GAN Age: 31 Caps: 59 Goals: 5 No.5 Club: Baniyas, UAE Most im­por­tant squad mem­ber? As the most ex­pe­ri­enced Soc­ceroo in Rus­sia bar Cahill and the only des­ig­nated de­fen­sive mid­fielder af­ter Mile Je­d­i­nak’s with­drawal, Mil­li­gan might be.

AARON MOOY Age: 26 Caps: 26 Goals: 6 No.13 Club: Hud­der­s­field Town, Eng Voted by peers as Aus­tralia’s best player of the last year and set to break the trans­fer record for an Aus­tralian player, the qui­etly spo­ken but highly cre­ative mid­fielder is the Soc­ceroos’ best hope of pen­e­trat­ing op­po­si­tion de­fences in Rus­sia.

TOM ROGIC Age: 24 Caps: 25 Goals: 6 No.23 Club: Celtic, Scot­land The quick-think­ing at­tack­ing mid­fielder has en­joyed two stun­ning sea­sons in Scot­land, cul­mi­nat­ing in an in­jury-time Scot­tish Cup win­ner last month. One of Postecoglou’s best as­sets.

MAS­SIMO LUONGO Age: 24 Caps: 26 Goals: 5 No.21 Club: QPR, Eng­land The all-ac­tion mid­fielder burst onto the scene at the Asian Cup, win­ning player of the tour­na­ment, and will again be im­por­tant in Rus­sia. En­joyed a strong club sea­son at QPR.

JACK­SON IRVINE Age: 24 Caps: 11 Goals: 1 No.22 Club: Bur­ton Al­bion, Eng­land Could the Con­fed Cup be Irvine’s break­out? Luongo en­joyed one at the Asian Cup, and judg­ing by re­cent teams, Irvine is ahead on the peck­ing or­der. Just might be Aus­tralia’s next big thing.

JAMES TROISI Age: 28 Caps: 29 Goals: 4 No.14 Club: Melb Vic­tory The mer­cu­rial tal­ent has once again found his feet at Vic­tory, and while he might not stay in the A-League, will re­unite with club boss Kevin Mus­cat who is act­ing as a Soc­ceroos as­sis­tant.

JIMMY JEGGO Age: 25 Caps: 0 No.15 Club: Sturm Graz, Aus­tria Melb Vic­tory youth grad­u­ate and mid­fielder is one of two un­capped Soc­ceroos and will be lucky to get min­utes in Rus­sia af­ter be­ing called up at the 11th hour for Mile Je­d­i­nak.

AJDIN HRUSTIC Age: 20 Caps: 1 No.17 Club: Gronin­gen, Nether­lands A Euro­pean move in his youth hid Hrustic from most ob­servers. Then the pacey mid­fielder crashed the Gronin­gen first-team and the se­cret was out. Postecoglou’s rawest weapon.

FOR­WARDS:

TOMI JURIC Age: 25 Caps: 23 No.6 Club: Luzern, Switzer­land The tow­er­ing No.9 has been Postecoglou’s favoured striker for some time. Juric doesn’t boast a fear­some scor­ing record but will ben­e­fit from a first in­ter­na­tional brace, scored against Saudi Ara­bia this month.

TIM CAHILL Age: 37 Caps: 97 Goals: 48 No.4 Club: Melb City Aus­tralia’s finest. The leg­endary striker hasn’t started for 15 months but will reach a ton of caps and a half-cen­tury of goals in Rus­sia by pro­duc­ing the sort of per­for­mance he’s famed for.

MATHEW LECKIE Age: 26 Caps: 41 Goals: 5 No.7 Club: Hertha Ber­lin, Ger­many With more caps than any other un­der Postecoglou, the for­ward is sure to fea­ture in Rus­sia - ei­ther as a winger or full­back in Aus­tralia’s new 3-2-4-1 sys­tem.

ROB­BIE KRUSE Age: 28 Caps: 52 Goals: 4 No.10 Club: Un­con­tracted A cu­ri­ous piece of the Soc­ceroos puz­zle. Has been pe­riph­eral at club level for three years - with just four matches in 18 months - but main­tains his Soc­ceroos place on rep­u­ta­tion and tal­ent.

JAMIE MACLAREN Age: 23 Caps: 3 Goals: 0 No.11 Club: Darm­stadt, Ger­many Maclaren’s weight of goals - 40 in two sea­sons with Brisbane Roar - couldn’t be ig­nored. Of­fers a dif­fer­ent route to goal than Juric.

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