Troisi, Milligan in Socceroos squad


James Troisi and Mark Milligan have been named in the preliminary 30-player squad for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Syria.

The Melbourne Victory duo have been key parts of the qualifying campaign so far, and will most likely play an important role next month.

Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou has full confidence in his squad.

“There is a short turnaround from the last matches so we are fully focused on these upcoming fixtures against Syria,” said Postecoglou.

“The players that we have selected for these crucial matches all have the benefit of several club matches under their belts over the past few weeks, and I am confident whichever 23 players we settle on will be able to do the job next month.

“Now that the match venues have been confirmed, we will prepare for our fixtures against Syria just like every other international opposition we faced throughout this campaign.”

The final 23-player squad will be confirmed next week, with the Sooceroos then assembling in Malacca, Malaysia from October 1.

Socceroos preliminary 30-player squad

Mustafa Amini, Aziz Behich, Mark Birighitti, Tim Cahill, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Craig Goodwin, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, James Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Ryan McGowan, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Nikita Rukavytsya, Matthew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, James Troisi, Daniel Vukovic, Bailey Wright

Match details v Syria

Syria v Caltex Socceroos
Thursday 5 October 2017
Hang Jebat Stadium, Malacca, Malaysia
Kick-off: TBC

Caltex Socceroos v Syria
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia
Kick-off: 8pm (AEST)