Seven Victorians selected for Graham Arnold's first Caltex Socceroos training camp in Turkey

31 players chosen for first training camp in Antalya

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today confirmed the 31 players he has selected to attend his first training camp, which will be held in Antalya, Turkey next week.

Seven Victorians made the squad, including Denis Genreau who earned his first Caltex Socceroos call up:

  • Aziz BEHICH
  • Denis GENREAU
  • Apostolos GIANNOU
  • Ajdin HRUSTIC
  • Jackson IRVINE
  • Jamie MACLAREN
  • Bailey WRIGHT

Arnold’s first squad as Caltex Socceroos boss will provide numerous uncapped and emerging players with the chance to grow and impress in Australia’s senior men’s national team set-up alongside many of the green and gold’s experienced international representatives.

The first squad of Arnold’s tenure sees new blood including Ben Garuccio, Kenneth Dougall, and Awer Mabil rewarded for their sound performances for their respective clubs in Europe, and also includes recalls to the senior men’s national team space for Bailey Wright, Mustafa Amini, Mitchell Duke, Apostolos Giannou, Ajdin Hrustic, Mitchell Langerak, Alex Gersbach, and Aleksandar Susnjar.

Dutch-based duo John Iredale and Denis Genreau, who are both eligible for the Young Socceroos and Australian U23 National Team, will also be given the chance to learn off and impress Arnold and his staff as the Caltex Socceroos make use of the same high level training facilities that they did in the lead up to this year’s FIFA World Cup™ in Russia.

Arnold said he’s eager to spend time with the players both on and off the pitch in Antalya as the group commences working towards the forthcoming FIFA match windows (October and November), as well as the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates in January.

“Next week’s camp in Turkey marks the start of a new phase for the Socceroos,” said Arnold. “While we will have numerous field, tactical, and video sessions during the seven days that we are together in Turkey, we will also spend plenty of time off the pitch discussing our individual and team objectives and identity.

“As an organisation we’ve made the decision to take this camp close to the bulk of the players involved. This will lighten the travel load on the majority of the group, ensuring that they arrive in camp and back at their clubs as fresh as possible.

“The 31 players we have invited to Antalya will be the first to receive an opportunity to work with us, however we have a long list of players that we are monitoring and we will continue to assess them as we seek to add to the depth of the team,” he said.

The Caltex Socceroos will play an international friendly match in the Middle East in October, before returning to home soil in November for two international friendly fixtures.

The first match under Arnold in Australia will be played on Saturday, 17 November against Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Tickets for Australia’s international friendly against Korea Republic are available via www.socceroos.com.au/tickets. The game will also be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS and Network TEN.

The Caltex Socceroos’ match in Brisbane is supported by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

Caltex Socceroos 31-Player Squad – Training Camp – Antalya, Turkey (3-11 September 2018)

Name Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Mustafa AMINI Aarhus Gymnastikforening, Denmark 2 (0)
Daniel ARZANI Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland 5 (1)
Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, Turkey 26 (2)
Milos DEGENEK Red Star Belgrade, Serbia 18 (0)
Kenneth DOUGALL Barnsley FC, England 0 (0)
Mitchell DUKE Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan 4 (2)
Ben GARUCCIO Heart of Midlothian, Scotland 0 (0)
Denis GENREAU PEC Zwolle, Netherlands 0 (0)
Alex GERSBACH Rosenborg BK, Norway 4 (0)
Apostolos GIANNOU AEK Larnaca, Cyprus 5 (0)
Ajdin HRUSTIC FC Groningen, Netherlands 1 (0)
John IREDALE SC Heerenveen, Netherlands 0 (0)
Jackson IRVINE Hull City AFC, England 22 (2)
Mile JEDINAK Aston Villa FC, England 79 (20)
Brad JONES (Gk) Al-Nasr Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 6 (0)
Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, Switzerland 38 (8)
Matthew JURMAN Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 4 (0)
Robbie KRUSE VfL Bochum, Germany 67 (5)
Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk) Nagoya Grampus, Japan 8 (0)
Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers FC, England 36 (5)
Awer MABIL FC Midtylland, Denmark 0 (0)
Jamie MACLAREN Hibernian FC, Scotland 6 (0)
Mark MILLIGAN Hibernian FC, Scotland 71 (6)
Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, England 37 (5)
Dimi PETRATOS Newcastle Jets, Australia 2 (0)
Josh RISDON Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 11 (0)
Mathew RYAN (Gk) Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England 47 (0)
Trent SAINSBURY PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands 38 (3)
Aleksandar SUSNJAR MŠK Žilina, Slovakia 1 (0)
Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk) KRC Genk, Belgium 1 (0)
Bailey WRIGHT Bristol City FC, England 22 (1)


Caltex Socceroos v Korea Republic (International Friendly)

Date: Saturday, 17 November 2018
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland
Kick-off: 6.50pm (local); 7.50pm (AEDT)
Tickets: www.socceroos.com.au/tickets
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network TEN

Please note:
Mathew Leckie, Tom Rogic, and Andrew Nabbout were not considered for this squad due to injury.

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