Egypt v Qantas Socceroos Preview
All the latest squad news ahead of the Egypt friendly in Cairo
Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today confirmed that Josh Kennedy and Harry Kewell would not travel to Cairo to join the squad for the upcoming international friendly match against Egypt at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday 17 November 2010
An ongoing back-injury has prevented Kennedy from making the trip to Egypt, whilst Kewell is still recovering from a previous injury and not fully match fit at this time.
After consultation with the players and their clubs, Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck has decided that they would not be required in camp.
No additional players will be added to the squad for the match.
The Qantas Socceroos had their first training session at the Cairo international Stadium last night.
Egypt is currently the top ranked nation in the African Football Confederation (CAF), the reigning Africa Cup of Nations Champions and 11th in the FIFA World Rankings.
The Qantas Socceroos have met Egypt only once before in the semi-finals of the 1987 President-s Cup tournament in Seoul in the Korea Republic. The match ended nil-all at the end of regulation time, with the Socceroos winning 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out.
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Australia Squad: Tim CAHILL (Everton FC), David CARNEY (Blackpool FC), Nathan COE (gk) (Sønderjysk Elitesport, Denmark), Jason CULINA(Gold Coast United), Brett EMERTON(Blackburn Rovers), Richard GARCIA(Hull City FC), Brett HOLMAN(AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Mile JEDINAK(Genclerbirligi SK, Turkey), Scott McDONALD(Middlesbrough FC), Matt McKAY(Brisbane Roar), Lucas NEILL(Galatasaray SK, Turkey), Jade NORTH(Wellington Phoenix), Sasa OGNENOVSKI(Seongnam Ilhwa. Korea Republic), Mark SCHWARZER (gk)( Fulham FC), Michael THWAITE(Gold Coast United), Carl VALERI(U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, Italy), Dario VIDOSIC(FC Nurnberg, Germany), Luke WILKSHIRE(FK Dinamo Moscow, Russia)
Egypt v Qantas Socceroos Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt Wednesday, 17 November 2010 Kick-Off 7:30pm local (4:30am AEDT)
Current FIFA Men-s Ranking (as at 20 October 2010) Egypt - 11th Australia - 21st