Arnold names Caltex Socceroos squad to face Korea Republic in Brisbane

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today named a 23-player squad for Australia’s international friendly against Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next Saturday, and explained that he will name a second list of 23 players on Sunday, 18 November 2018 for his team’s clash with Lebanon at ANZ Stadium.

In total, 27 players will convene in Brisbane from Monday onward, with Arnold having rewarded the strong Hyundai A-League form of Thomas Deng (Melbourne Victory), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), and Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets) with places as train-on players for the November window as he continues to cast his eyes over as many players as possible ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates. 

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The second 23-player list for the Caltex Socceroos’ international friendly against Lebanon will include Jamshedpur FC attacker Tim Cahill, who will make his 108th and final appearance for Australia in a farewell match against the ‘Cedars’ at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. 

Over the course of the September, October, and November FIFA windows, Arnold has called up a total of 39 players. The Hyundai A-League Championship and Premiership winning coach explained that it has been important to include as many players as possible to ensure that the pool is deep when it comes time to select his final squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

“We made some great progress in Turkey in September, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait last month,” Arnold said.

“However, this window will be exceptionally important for us as we have only had 15 days to work together as a team on the training pitch. In training, and in our friendlies against Korea Republic and Lebanon, we will be looking to introduce more players to the Socceroos system and reward a number of locally based players for their performances in the Hyundai A-League and FFA Cup.” 

Graham Arnold and Awer Mabil
Graham Arnold's Caltex Socceroos beat Kuwait 4-0 in their last friendly

“With limited opportunities and matches to prepare for next year’s AFC Asian Cup it is important that we make the most of every day that we have together, and by calling in additional train-on players from Hyundai A-League clubs this will ensure that more players are exposed to our style and standards as we edge towards the tournament.

“Several players who have been in and around the squad over the past 12 months, such as Andrew Nabbout and James Jeggo, will also be reintroduced to the group as we continue to add depth to the national team player pool,” he said. 

Scottish Premiership side Hibernian FC could be represented by as many as three players when Australia take to the field against Korea Republic in Brisbane, after Martin Boyle received his clearance to represent Australia recently.

Boyle will be joined on the journey to Australia this weekend by Hibs teammates Mark Milligan and former Brisbane Roar attacker Jamie Maclaren.

English Premier League stars Mathew Ryan and Aaron Mooy will also return to Australia this month after the duo missed Australia’s 4-0 win over Kuwait last month due to minor injuries.

Caltex Socceroos 23-player squad for Australia v Korea Republic – Saturday, 17 November 2018 – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane



Club, Country


A-International Caps (Goals)


Mustafa AMINI


AGF Aarhus, Denmark


3 (0)




PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands


27 (2)


Martin BOYLE


Hibernian FC, Scotland


0 (0)




Red Star Belgrade, Serbia


18 (0)




Rosenborg BK, Norway


5 (0)


Jackson IRVINE


Hull City AFC, England


23 (2)




FK Austria Wien, Austria


0 (0)




FC Luzern, Switzerland


39 (8)


Matthew JURMAN


Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


4 (0)


Robbie KRUSE


VfL Bochum, Germany


68 (5)


Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)


Nagoya Grampus, Japan


8 (0)




Hertha BSC, Germany


57 (8)


Massimo LUONGO


Queens Park Rangers FC, England


37 (5)




FC Midtjylland, Denmark


1 (1)




Hibernian FC, Scotland


6 (0)




Hibernian FC, Scotland


72 (6)


Aaron MOOY


Huddersfield Town AFC, England


37 (5)




Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan


6 (1)




Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


12 (0)




Celtic FC, Scotland


41 (8)


Mathew RYAN (Gk)


Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England


47 (0)




PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands


39 (3)


Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)


KRC Genk, Belgium


2 (0)


Caltex Socceroos Train-On Players – FIFA Window – November 2018



Club, Country


A-International Caps (Goals)


Thomas DENG


Melbourne Victory, Australia


1 (0)




Adelaide United, Australia


3 (0)




Sydney FC, Australia


0 (0)




Newcastle Jets, Australia


2 (0)


Note: Tim Cahill (Jamshedpur FC, India) to be included in 23-player squad for Caltex Socceroos v Lebanon (Tuesday, 20 November 2018) when second 23-player list is named on Sunday, 18 November 2018. 

Upcoming Caltex Socceroos Matches:

Caltex Socceroos v Korea Republic (International Friendly)
Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland
Kick-off: 6.50pm (local); 7.50pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network TEN

Caltex Socceroos v Lebanon (International Friendly)
Date: Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales
Kick-off: 7.30pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network TEN

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