Caltex Socceroos squad: Goalkeepers

Bert van Marwijk’s 23-man squad has been finalised and he has three in-form goalkeepers which will be on the plane to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

Maty Ryan, Danny Vukovic and Brad Jones have all enjoyed strong seasons in Europe and will make it difficult for van Marwijk to select his No.1 for the opening game against France.

Here’s a look at all three gloveman selected in the Caltex Socceroos squad for Russia.

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MATHEW RYAN (Brighton and Hove Albion, England)

Age: 26

Cap Number: 555

Previous Clubs: Blacktown City, Central Coast Mariners, Club Brugge, Valencia, KRC Genk

The story of his season:

As far as first seasons go in such a massive competition like the Premier League, Ryan’s maiden campaign was a huge success.

The newly-promoted Seagulls were many experts’ favourites to go straight back down but with Ryan in goal they secured safety with weeks to spare.

With 10 clean sheets across his 38 league appearances, Ryan made an incredible 124 saves (3.3 per game) which saw him rank third in the entire Premier League.

Not only was Ryan third for saves, he was also ranked third in the Premier League for overperforming on 'Expected Goals'.

Ryan was crucial for his team, pulling off two penalties saves – including a season-defining one in stoppage time stop to deny Stoke City’s Charlie Adam.

He also made a fine second-half save in the 2-1 home win over Arsenal, which took them to 34 points and then kept a clean sheet against Manchester United which secured their top-flight status.

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DANNY VUKOVIC (KRC Genk, Belgium)

Age: 33

Cap Number: 595

Previous clubs: Parramatta Power, Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Central Coast Mariners, Konyaspor, Wellington Phoenix, Perth Glory, Vegalta Sendai, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC

The story of his season:

After a mixed start to his breakthrough campaign in Europe, Vukovic’s sensational form eventually shone through in Belgium with KRC Genk.

Vukovic earned a move abroad after starring with Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League and quickly established himself as Genk’s No.1 in the Belgium Pro League.

‘Vuka’ made more than 40 appearances in all competitions, keeping 13 clean sheets to finish 3rd in the Golden Glove standings.

His performances didn’t go unnoticed, voted by his own fans as Genk’s Player of the Year, while helping the club qualify for next season’s Europa League competition.

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BRAD JONES (Feyenoord, Netherlands)

Age: 36

Cap Number: 502

Previous Clubs: Middlesbrough, Shelbourne, Stockport County, Blackpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Derby County, Bradford City, NEC

The story of his season:

After helping Feyenoord break a long title drought in 2016/17, the most recent Eredivisie season was much more difficult for the Rotterdam club.

They ended the league season in fourth place, behind PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, but Jones was again the main shot-stopper for his club.

The veteran gloveman played a total of 43 games in all competitions this season, keeping 10 clean sheets in the league

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Keeper Brad Jones was enjoying himself in training.
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