Fulham’s Schwarzer, NYRB’s Cahill and Villa’s Holman all present in Socceroos squad

Holger Osieck has named a 22-man squad for Australia’s next 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq in just under two weeks.

Holger Osieck has named a 22-man squad for Australia’s next 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq in just under two weeks.

The 25th-ranked Socceroos meet the 78th-ranked Iraqis in Doha, Qatar on October 16 in their fourth fixture of the fourth round of Asian qualifying for Brazil 2014.

Among the names are the usual suspects such as Mark Schwarzer, Tim Cahill, Brett Holman and Lucas Neill whilst Mark Milligan returns from suspension whilst Tommy Oar and Carl Valeri have been recalled.

The Socceroos sit equal on two points with Iraq from three matches following draws with Oman and Japan and a shock loss to Jordan last month. Iraq have drawn with Jordan and Oman and were defeated 1-0 by Japan so it all bodes well for a very close affair in what could prove to be a vital clash in both nations World Cup hopes.

Australia squad for Iraq WC qualifier

Goalkeepers

Brad Jones (Liverpool)
Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund)
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham)

Defenders

Ryan McGowan (Heart of Midlothian)
Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)
Lucas Neill (Al Wasl)
Jade North (Consadole Sapporo)
Matthew Spiranovic (Al Arabi)
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow)

Midfielders

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa)
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bull)
James Holland (Austria Wien)
Brett Holman (Aston Villa)
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace)
Matt McKay (Busan I’Park)
Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht)
Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht)
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo)

Forwards

Alex Brosque (Al Ain)
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz)
Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)

 
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