Holger Osieck has made a number of changes to his Qantas Socceroos squad for the international friendly match against the Korea Republic, bringing defender Robert Cornthwaite into the camp.
Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck has made a number of changes to his squad for the upcoming international friendly match against the Korea Republic at the HwaseongStadium, Hwaseong in the Korea Republic on Wednesday 14 November 2012 (kick-off 7:00pm local, 9:00pm AEDT).
Withdrawn from the Qantas Socceroos squad are Luke Wilkshire, who picked up a hamstring injury on Saturday evening whilst playing for his Russian Club Dinamo Moscow, Matt McKay, who has a facial contusion from his K-League match for Busan I-Park on the weekend and Adam Sarota due to a knee injury.
Osieck has called into the Qantas Socceroos squad Korean-based defender Robert Cornthwaite who currently plays for Chunnam Dragons in the K-League. This will be Cornthwaite-s first appearance in the Qantas Socceroos squad since making his debut in 2009 against Kuwait in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Canberra.
This will be the 25th match between the Korea Republic and Australia at senior men-s international level after the teams last met at the Al Gharafa Stadium in Doha, Qatar in the group phase of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011 where they played out an enthralling 1-all draw.
The Qantas Socceroos are currently ranked 33rd in the FIFA World Rankings whilst the Korea Republic are currently 32nd (as of 7 November 2012).
The Qantas Socceroos are currently in second position of Group B with a win against Iraq (2-1), draws against Oman (0-0) and Japan (1-1) and a loss to Jordan (1-2) at the half way point of the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.
The Korea Republic are at the top of Group A with wins against Qatar (4-1) and Lebanon (3-0), a draw against Uzbekistan (2-2) and a loss to Iran (0-1).
This match will be broadcast Live & Exclusive on FOX SPORTS.
Qantas Socceroos Squad for Korea Republic International Friendly - Wednesday 14 November 2012
NAME CLUB, COUNTRY Caps (goals) Eli BABALJ FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, SERBIA - Aziz BEHICH Melbourne Heart FC, AUSTRALIA - Alex BROSQUE Al-Ain Club, UAE 18 (5) Robert CORNTHWAITE Chunnam Dragons, Korea Republic 1 (0) James HOLLAND FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA 7 (0) Mathew LECKIE FSV Frankfurt 1899, GERMANY - Ryan McGOWAN Heart of Midlothian FC, SCOTLAND 1 (0) Lucas NEILL Al-Wasl Sports Club, UAE 87 (0) Tommy OAR FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS 5 (0) Tom ROGIC Central Coast Mariners FC, AUSTRALIA - Nikita RUKAVYTSYA FSV Mainz 05, GERMANY 9 (0) Mathew RYAN Central Coast Mariners FC, AUSTRALIA - Mark SCHWARZER Fulham FC, ENGLAND 102 (0) Matthew SPIRANOVIC Al Arabi, QATAR 16 (0) Archie THOMPSON Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA 41 (24) Michael THWAITE Perth Glory FC, AUSTRALIA 6 (0) Carl VALERI U.S. Sassuolo Calcio, ITALY 49 (1) As at Sunday 11 November 2012
Upcoming Match Details Korea Republic v Qantas Socceroos Wednesday 14 November 2012 Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong, Korea Republic Kick-off: 7.00pm local (9:00pm AEDT)