Official: Australia World Cup final list released
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Official: Australia World Cup final list released

The Australia national team announced the 26-man squad for the Qatar World Cup through video on the 8th.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper Matthew Ryan, who is currently playing for Copenhagen, has been confirmed as the captain of the “Kangaroos” in Qatar. He and Matthew Leckie are the most experienced players in the current team competition, and this World Cup will also be the third World Cup in their careers.

The list also includes 17 first-time World Cup players, nine of whom are 25 or younger. At the same time, Sainsbury, Rogic, Langerak and Taggart, who once played an important role in the World Preliminaries, were not selected, which shocked the public.

‘Australia will do its best at the World Cup’

In this World Cup, Australia is in Group D with France, Tunisia and Denmark, and the probability of advancing to the knockout stage is extremely slim. However, Graham Arnold still promised the Australian people that the national team will do everything possible to make “Australia proud on the world stage”.

While vowing to win glory for the country, Arnold also thanked all the members of the national team. “In the last four years, 32 players have made their debut with the national team. I want to thank every player who has helped the team along this journey,” he said. “During the qualifiers, we called up 68 players and every single one of them played a role in our journey to Qatar.”

“The makeup of our team reflects Australia’s multicultural landscape. Our boys come from all over the world, and every trip is different. Yet one jersey unites us,” concluded Arnold.

Australia’s 26-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (FC Copenhagen), Danny Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC)

Defenders: Harry Souttar (Stoke City), Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Bailey Wright (Sunderland AFC), Thomas Deng (Albirex Niigata), Fran Karacic (Brescia Calcio), Nathaniel Atkinson (Heart of Midlothian), Aziz Behich (Dundee United) ), Kye Rowles (Heart of Midlothian), Joel King (Odense Boldklub)

Midfielders: Aaron Mooy (Celtic FC), Jackson Irvine (FC St. Pauli), Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona FC), Cameron Devlin (Heart of Midlothian), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough FC), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren).

Forwards: Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City FC), Mitchell Duke (Fagiano Okayama), Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners), Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners), Awer Mabil (Cadiz CF), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City FC), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), Martin Boyle (Hibernian FC)


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