Qantas Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck has named a 23-player squad to face Oman in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifier.
Qantas Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck today named a 23-player squad that will host Oman in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier at Stadium Australia, Sydney on Tuesday 26 March (Kick-off 7:30pm AEDT).
Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, Tommy Oar and Tom Rogic return to the Qantas Socceroos squad after missing last month-s friendly against Romania, and Dino Djulbic receives his second call-up to the Qantas Socceroos squad after making his senior international debut at the EAFF East Asian Cup qualifiers in Hong Kong last December.
Osieck has included six Hyundai A-League players in Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Jade North (Brisbane Roar), Mat Ryan (Central Coast Mariners), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory) and Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory).
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The Qantas Socceroos will be without the services of Lucas Neill and Carl Valeri, who will both serve one match suspensions for the accumulation of yellow cards from previous matches in the tournament.
This will be the seventh meeting between the Qantas Socceroos and Oman at senior men-s international level.
The most recent meeting between the Qantas Socceroos and Oman was in Muscat in June last year where they played out a 0-0 draw in extreme heat.
The Qantas Socceroos are currently ranked 37th in the FIFA World Rankings whilst Oman are 105th (as of 14 February 2013).
The Qantas Socceroos are currently in second position of Group B of the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers with a win against Iraq (2-1), draws against Oman (0-0) & Japan (1-1) and a loss against Jordan (1-2) in matches.
Oman are in fourth place of Group B after a win over Jordan (2-1), draws with Australia (0-0) and Iraq (1-1) and two losses to Japan (0-3 & 1-2).
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier between the Qantas Socceroos and Oman will be broadcast exclusively live on FOX SPORTS HD 1 from 6.30pm (AEDT).
The exclusive free to air broadcaster SBS TV will broadcast the match on SBS One & SBS HD from 8pm (AEDT).
Qantas Socceroos Squad - 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier - Match Day 7 - March 2013
NAME - CLUB - A-International Caps (goals) Mark Bresciano - Al Gharafa, Qatar - 65 (12) Alex Brosque - Al-Ain Club, UAE - 20 (6) Tim Cahill - New York Red Bulls, USA - 60 (26) Robert Cornthwaite - Chunnam Dragons, Korea Republic - 6 (3) Dino Djulbic - Al Wahda Club, UAE - 2 (0) Eugene Galekovic (gk) - Adelaide United, Australia - 6 (0) James Holland - FK Austria Vienna, Austria - 9 (0) Brett Holman - Aston Villa FC, England - 58 (8) Mile Jedinak - Crystal Palace FC, England - 37 (3) Robbie Kruse - Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany - 22 (2) Ryan McGowan - Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, China PR - 3 (0) Matt McKay - Changchun Yatai FC, China - 34 (1) Mark Milligan - Melbourne Victory FC, Australia - 19 (2) Jade North - Brisbane Roar FC, Australia - 39 (0) Tommy Oar - FC Utrecht, Netherlands - 6 (0) Tom Rogic - Celtic FC, Scotland - 4 (0) Mathew Ryan (gk) - Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia - 2 (0) Mark Schwarzer (gk) - Fulham FC, England - 104 (0) Archie Thompson - Melbourne Victory FC, Australia - 46 (28) Michael Thwaite - Perth Glory FC, Australia - 10 (0) Luke Wilkshire - FK Dinamo Moscow, Russia - 74 (8) Rhys Williams - Middlesbrough FC, England - 11 (0) Michael Zullo - FC Utrecht, Netherlands - 10 (0)
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