Graham Arnold appoints Socceroos team to Jordan

Unlike the absence of skipper Mark Milligan, Massimo Luongo, Jamie Maclaren and Mustafa Amini due to injury, Arnold & # 39; s team is essentially at full strength. Rogic and Boyle have not played for Australia since the Asian Cup in January – in the case of Boyle he was a late withdrawal for that tournament after injuring his knee in a warm-up match against Oman in the UAE.

But the 26-year-old winger, who injured his knee again in July, has returned to action for Hibernian in the past fourteen days with two cameo appearances from the bank in the Scottish Premiership and League Cup. Arnold wanted to speak to the then Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom about his wish to select Boyle, but there was a problem.

Mathew Leckie is named after next week's collision with Jordan, but may not make the trip.

Mathew Leckie is named after next week's collision with Jordan, but may not make the trip.Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

"I called Martin to get Paul Heckingbottom's phone number so I could talk to him about it. Martin called me back and said he just had the bag," said Arnold. "I imagine that Martin is doing exactly what he is doing for Hibs right now. He has shown in those two cameos that he is back, he is healthy, he is fit and he is ready … Martin does not want the game but he gives us a weapon from the bank. "

Rogic, who missed qualifying matches against Nepal and Taiwan to get married in the last international window, is expected to travel to Jordan, despite reports from Scotland that he had been left behind for Celtic & Europe's match against Lazio in Rome. Arnold said he gave him a name to comply with FIFA rules and that if something changes during the weekend, he will be replaced.


"All the information we have is that Tommy is ready to play, and he plays great," he said.

Dougall, 26, has previously been on the brink of Australia selection and has attended training camps, but has yet to play for his country. Arnold has recovered from a long-lasting ankle injury with four games for Barnsley in the English championship and wants to have a good look at him.

Left back Brad Smith is making a crazy flight halfway around the world after playing for the Seattle Sounders against Toronto FC in the MLS Cup final of Monday morning (AEDT), but is expected to arrive around the same time as Jordan the other Socceroos.

Australia has a poor record against Jordan with just two wins from their five encounters – the last, a shocking 1-0 defeat to open their title defense in the Asian Cup in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

"We can only focus on ourselves," said Arnold. "We know what their strengths are, we know what their weaknesses are, we know they will be deep in a block and we have been working on that over the past three camps to break down that kind of game."

Martin Boyle missed the Asian Cup after a knee injury prior to the tournament.

Martin Boyle missed the Asian Cup after a knee injury prior to the tournament.

Socceroos team against Jordan:

Aziz Behich, Brandon Borrello, Martin Boyle, Milos Degenek, Kenny Dougall, Adam Federici (GK), Apostolos Giannou, Craig Goodwin, Rhyan Grant, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Redmayne (GK), Josh Risdon, Mathew Ryan (GK), Tom Rogic, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Harry Souttar, Adam Taggart, Bailey Wright.

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