Cahill returns for Socceroos internationals against Greece

Coach Ange Postecoglou made 10 changes to Australia's squad for the two international matches against Greece in Sydney on Saturday 4 June and Melbourne three days later, with talisman Tim Cahill among the recalled stars.

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The changes from the Socceroos squad for the upcoming international with England on 28 May (AEST) include Cahill (Hangzhou Greentown FC), Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets), Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt), Ryan McGowan (Henan Jianye), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning), Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown).



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"I'm not going to a World Cup again sweating on guys being fit and not having options if they're not," Postecoglou said.

"We've got to go into every camp, every game knowing that if we're missing one or two ... we've got others to call on."

Birighitti has also been drafted into for the squad for the England clash, replacing Mitch Langerak, who has had to withdraw due to injury.

With The Dodoni Series between Australia and Greece falling inside the FIFA window, Postecoglou was able to consider all available players when selecting the squad.

“The matches against Greece are about continuing to expose our players to a high level of international football,” Postecoglou said.

“The competition and intensity of these matches will definitely give us that and gives us the right preparation for the next round of World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup.

“Playing in front of big home crowds is an opportunity both for the players and the fans to build on the great atmosphere that has been created during the first round of World Cup qualifiers in Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney.”

Postecoglou said a rare home international against European opposition was another benefit.

“The Asian Cup and the first round of World Cup qualifiers put our focus on Asian teams and conditions but it’s important to confront a range of styles,” Postecoglou said.

“Greece will present a different set of technical and tactical challenges and they have many players at the top level in Europe.

“Of course, the Greek Australian community will have special affinity to the matches and that will add to the occasion in Sydney and Melbourne.”

Milos Degenek, Brad Inman, Jamie Maclaren and Stefan Mauk could make their international bows in England, with Geria, Gersbach and Maclaren again possible home debutants.

Postecoglou stressed that any cap won would be deserved.

"The two Greece games, one being after the other, I'll take an opportunity to get a look at most of the guys. It's important in these friendly games we do that," he said.

"But we're putting out teams that we think will be able to play our football and give an opportunity to as many as possible."

Massimo Luongo won't travel to Australia as his wife is expecting their first child next month.

Socceroos squad for the internationals against Greece


 Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)

Newcastle Jets

1 (0)

Nathan BURNS

FC Tokyo

20 (3)

Tim CAHILL

Hangzhou Greentown FC

89 (47)

Adam FEDERICI (gk)

A.F.C. Bournemouth

15 (0)

Jason GERIA

Melbourne Victory FC

-

Alex GERSBACH

Rosenborg BK

-

Apostolos GIANNOU

Guangzhou R&F FC

1 (0)

Chris IKONOMIDIS

U.S. Salernitana 1919

3 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Ross County

2 (0)

Mile JEDINAK

Crystal Palace FC

62 (12)

Robbie KRUSE

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

40 (4)

Mathew LECKIE

FC Ingolstadt 04

29 (2)

Jamie MACLAREN

Brisbane Roar FC

-

Ryan MCGOWAN

Henan Jianye FC

15 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Baniyas F.C.

46 (5)

Aaron MOOY

Melbourne City FC

13 (5)

Josh RISDON

Perth Glory FC

2 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC

15 (5)

Mathew RYAN (gk)

Valencia CF

23 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Jiangsu Suning FC

14 (1)

Brad SMITH

Liverpool FC

6 (0)

Matthew SPIRANOVIC

Hangzhou Greentown FC

30 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT

Preston North End FC

10 (1)

 


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Published 17 May 2016 at 10:59am
By Patrick Nugent
Source: FFA