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Australia makes changes under new coach
May 14th, 2014 3:43AM

TAGS:  australia, world cup 2014


[WORLD CUP 2014] Ange Postecoglou, who took over as Australia's World Cup coach six months ago,  named a young 30-man Socceroos squad that was submitted to FIFA. It included two two uncapped players, Ben Halloran and Bailey Wright, from European lower divisions.

Halloran plays for Fortuna Duesseldorf in the German second division while Wright spent the last season with English third level club Preston North End.

Injuries ruled out Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse and defenders Rhys Williams and Trent Sainsbury.

No longer with the team are such long-time Socceroos as Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Brett Holman and Harry Kewell.

Australia Roster (30 Players):
Goalkeepers: Mathew Ryan (Club Brugge/BEL), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund/GER), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)
Defenders: Curtis Good (Dundee United/SCO), Jason Davidson (Heracles/NED), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow/RUS), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Bailey Wright (Preston North End/ENG), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng/CHN), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors/KOR)
Midfielders: Joshua Brillante (Newcastle Jets), Oliver Bozanic (Lucerne/SWI), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa/QAT), James Holland (Austria Vienna/AUT), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace/ENG), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion/SWI), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht/NED), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), James Troisi (Atalanta/ITA), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town/ENG)
Forwards:  Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus/JPN), Matthew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht/NED), Tomas Rogic (Celtic/SCO), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Duesseldorf/GER), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets).

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