Socceroos squad includes mix of talent for Asian Cup

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Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou has named his 23-player squad for the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 which will be held from 9 to 31 January - with seven A-League stars among them.'Limited' attacking options inspire Postecoglou's selections

The squad contains:

:: 7 members of the Socceroos squad that was runner-up at the AFC Asian Cup 2011 Qatar (Burns, Cahill, Jedinak, Kruse, McKay, Oar & Spiranovic)

:: 16 members of the Socceroos squad that went to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil (Bresciano, Cahill, Davidson, Franjic, Galekovic, Jedinak, Langerak, Leckie, Luongo, McKay, Milligan, Oar, Ryan, Spiranovic, Troisi & Wilkinson

:: 7  players from the A-League (Antonis, Burns, Galekovic, Juric, McKay, Milligan & Spiranovic)

The Socceroos face Kuwait in the opening match of the tournament at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne on Friday 9 January (kick off 8pm AEDT).

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Having now finalised his selection, Postecoglou is confident his 23-man squad will deliver a positive outcome at next month's tournament.

“It’s been almost six months in the making since the FIFA World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“We’ve had a series of games where there have been some pretty clear objectives, particularly in terms of broadening the pool and seeing whether we could get some better balance in the squad and more depth.

“In the end, I’m pretty pleased with the 23 we’ve ended up with, there’s a good combination of the core of the group that went to the FIFA World Cup, there’s some experience there, but also a sprinkling of guys who will enhance the squad we took to the FIFA World Cup.”

The Socceroos will assemble in Melbourne for a pre-tournament training camp from Saturday 27 December.

“We've made sure that from a long way out we were well managed in terms of the individual progress of the players,” Postecoglou said.

“From our perspective, we’re pretty comfortable with this group that they’ll all be available and, more importantly, capable of playing out the whole tournament."

Socceroos squad for AFC Asian Cup 2015 Australia

Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Terry ANTONIS

Sydney FC, Australia

3 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, Turkey

7 (2)

Mark BRESCIANO

Al Gharafa, Qatar

81 (13)

Nathan BURNS

Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

7 (0)

Tim CAHILL

New York Red Bulls, USA

76 (36)

Jason DAVIDSON

West Bromwich Albion F.C., England

13 (0)

Ivan FRANJIC

FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia

12 (0)

Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk)

Adelaide United, Australia

8 (0)

Chris HERD

Aston Villa, England

3 (0)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC, England

52 (6)

Tomi JURIC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

5 (1)

Robbie KRUSE

TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany

32 (3)

Mitchell LANGERAK (gk)

B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany

5 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany

16 (1)

Massimo LUONGO

Swindon Town FC, England

5 (0)

Matt McKAY

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

50 (1)

Mark MILLIGAN

Melbourne Victory FC, Australia

33 (2)

Tommy OAR

FC Utrecht, Netherlands

20 (1)

Mat RYAN (gk)

Club Brugge KV, Belgium

13 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands

4 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

21 (0)

James TROISI

S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium

16 (1)

Alex WILKINSON

Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic

11 (0)

Source: Football Federation Australia