CONFEDERATIONS CUP SQUAD
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.
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.
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.
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.