Jason Geria named in Socceroos squad to face Greece


Melbourne Victory defender Jason Geria has been named in a 23-man squad for Australia’s two international matches against Greece next month.

With the matches falling inside a FIFA window, Caltex Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou was able to consider all available players when selecting this squad.

Australia will face Greece at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Saturday, June 4 and Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, June 7.

“The matches against Greece are about continuing to expose our players to a high level of international football,” said Postecoglou.

“The competition and intensity of these matches will definitely give us that and gives us the right preparation for the next round of World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

“Playing in front of big home crowds is an opportunity both for the players and the fans to build on the great atmosphere that has been created during the first round of World Cup qualifiers in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney.”

Postecoglou said a rare home international against European opposition was another benefit.

“The Asian Cup and the first round of World Cup qualifiers put our focus on Asian teams and conditions, but it’s important to confront a range of styles,” said Postecoglou.

“Greece will present a different set of technical and tactical challenges and they have many players at the top level in Europe.”

Geria, who was also called up for two FIFA World Cup qualifiers in March, could make his Caltex Socceroos debut against Greece.

Socceroos squad: Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk) (Newcastle Jets), Nathan BURNS (FC Tokyo), Tim CAHILL (Hangzhou Greentown), Adam FEDERICI (gk) (Bournemouth), Jason GERIA (Melbourne Victory), Alex GERSBACH (Rosenborg BK), Apostolos GIANNOU (Guangzhou R&F), Chris IKONOMIDIS (U.S. Salernitana 1919), Jackson IRVINE (Ross County), Mile JEDINAK (Crystal Palace), Robbie KRUSE (Bayer Leverkusen), Mathew LECKIE (Ingolstadt), Jamie MACLAREN (Brisbane Roar), Ryan MCGOWAN (Henan Jianye), Mark MILLIGAN (Baniyas), Aaron MOOY (Melbourne City), Josh RISDON (Perth Glory), Tom ROGIC (Celtic), Mathew RYAN (gk) (Valencia), Trent SAINSBURY (Jiangsu Suning), Brad SMITH (Liverpool), Matthew SPIRANOVIC (Hangzhou Greentown), Bailey WRIGHT (Preston North End)