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Australia name seven new faces for World Cup qualifiers

Tue 25 May 2021 | 9:00

Denis Genreau, Connor Metcalfe and Ruon Tongyik are three of the A-League uncapped players that were called up to be in Australia’s squad.

Australia have revealed seven new names for their 31-man squad for the World Cup qualifiers; however, stars like

Aaron Mooy

and

Tom Rogic

were not called up to be part of the team.

Uncapped trio

Denis Genreau

,

Connor Metcalfe

and

Ruon Tongyik

will join Riley McGree, Fran Karacic, Kenneth Dougall and Lawrence Thomas for the qualifier clashes against Kuwait, Chinese Taipei, Nepal, and Jordan.

Australia, who have not featured after their 1-0 victory over Jordan in 2019 due to the pandemic, are sitting top of their group with maximum points gained from four matches.

Mooy and Rogic being absent from the squad raised questions, with boss

Graham Arnold

saying that personal circumstances and the pandemic challenges led to some players not being called up.

"

We've selected a balanced squad that combines youth and experience, but also one that rewards players for their outstanding performances at their clubs over the past six to 12 months,"

Arnold told the Socceroos' official website.

"I have said many times that I believe the strength of the Socceroos is through its young players. Along with my staff, I can't wait to work with the many fresh faces in this squad as we continue to build the depth of the national team.

"Equally so, we are excited to work with the experienced and senior players we will have with us, as together we strive to advance to the next round of qualifying with eight wins on our record.

"Our extended 31-player squad will provide us with the flexibility and adaptability we will need given we will play four matches in 12 days, and the acclimatisation and preparation period that half of our squad will have here in the UAE will be crucial ahead of the first two games in Kuwait.

"It is no secret that we had originally targeted to name this squad last week. However, some challenges with COVID, as well as some injuries and personal circumstances, have meant some players were ruled out of the final reckoning.

"We have communicated at length with those players and will continue to support them individually as they strive to return to the Socceroos later in the year."


source: SportMob