Matt McKay named in Socceroos SquadPosted: March 8, 2017
Brisbane captain Matt McKay has been named in a 30 man Socceroos squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.
McKay, now 34 has been left out of the previous squads by Ange Postecoglou and will now get the chance to add to his 59 caps for Australia with his last arriving in the 2-1 loss to England back in May.
As club captain, McKay has made 25 appearances so far this season, with his performances in the midfield making him still an important part of the team.
If selected in the final 23, McKay will miss the Round 24 home game against Melbourne Victory which will further test Brisbane’s depth.
Australia find themselves in a difficult position in Group B, concluding the first half of the fixtures in 3rd place, one point behind Japan and group leader Saudi Arabia. With three of their final five games at home they will however remain confident of qualifying for a fourth successive World Cup.
It’s a massive year for the National Team with an appearance in the Confederations Cup in June adding to a busy year for Ange Postecoglou’s side.
There are a number of potential debutants in the current selection with Sydney FC duo Danny Vukovic and Rhyan Grant in line for a debut after strong form with the league leaders.
Mustafa Amini (Aarhus), Ryan Edwards (Partik Thistle), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz), Awer Mabil (Esjberg) and Adelaide United teenager Riley McGree could also find themselves making their debut after being named in the squad
30 man Socceroos squad
Goalkeepers- Mitchell Langerak (FC Ingolstadt), Matt Ryan (RKC Genk), Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC).
Defenders- Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan), Brad Smith (AFC Bournemouth), Rhys Williams (Perth Glory), Bailey Wright (Bristol City).
Midfielders- Mustafa Amini (Aarhus), Ryan Edwards (Partik Thistle), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam), Chris Ikonomidis (Aarhus), Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).
Forwards- Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning Whowin), Awer Mabil (Esbjerg).
Australia will play Iraq in neutral Tehran on March 23rd before returning to Australia to take on UAE in Sydney five days later. The squad will be trimmed from 30 down to 23 after this weekends fixtures.