• SOCCEROOS' BIG-NAME STARS IN SQUAD FOR GREECE BLOCKBUSTER

17 May 2016

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CALTEX Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has named a 23-player squad for The Dodoni Series international matches against Greece, with the opening game at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 4 June.

Coach Postecoglou has made 10 changes to the Caltex Socceroos squad that he announced last week, which will face England on 28 May.

Coming into the Caltex Socceroos’ squad are Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets), Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Tim Cahill (Hangzhou Greentown FC), Jason Geria  (Melbourne Victory FC), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg BK), Apostolos Giannou (Guangzhou R&F FC), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04), Ryan McGowan (Henan Jianye FC), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning FC) and Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown FC).

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Goalkeeper Birighitti will also be added to the Caltex Socceroos squad for the match against England in Sunderland on Saturday 28 May (AEST), replacing Mitch Langerak, who has had to withdraw due to injury.

With The Dodoni Series  falling inside the FIFA window, Postecoglou was able to consider all available players when selecting this Caltex Socceroos squad.

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

“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 a big home crowd at ANZ Stadium is an opportunity both for the players and the fans.

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,” said Postecoglou.

“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.”

The Dodoni Series between the Caltex Socceroos and Greece will be broadcast exclusively LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

Tickets to the Dodoni Series between the Caltex Socceroos and Greece are available here.

 

SOCCEROOS SQUAD FOR THE DODONI SERIES

  Name

Club, Country

A International Caps (Goals)

Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk)

Newcastle Jets

1 (0)

Nathan BURNS

F.C. 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 FC

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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