Osieck names Australia squad for East Asian Cup

Australian boss Holger Osieck has named a provisional 24-man squad for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.

Australian boss Holger Osieck has named a provisional 24-man squad for the 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup.

The Socceroos are preparing to compete in the tournament which will be held in South Korea between July 20 and 28, where they will take on the hosts as well as China and Japan.

Osieck has named a squad made up mainly of A-League players and those contracted to clubs in the Asian region, with eight yet to debut for the senior national team.

The Socceroos will arrive in Seoul on Wednesday evening and will play their first match of the tournament against South Korea on Saturday 20 July (kick-off 7:00pm local, 8:00pm AEST).

According to Football Federation Australia, 'Osieck has elected to announce an extra player in a provisional squad of 24 as he is yet to officially hear if a number of players will be formally released to play in the tournament by their clubs.'

Their second fixture will be against Japan on Thursday 25 July (kick-off 8:00pm local, 9:00pm AEST ) and the final match will be against China PR on Sunday 28 July (kick-off 5:15pm local, 6:15pm AEST).

Australian squad for EAFF East Asian Cup

Goalkeepers

Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)
Nathan Coe (Melbourne Victory)
Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)

Defenders

Josh Brillante (Newcastle Jets)
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons)
Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar)
Craig Goodwin (Newcastle Jets)
Jade North (Brisbane Roar)
Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast Mariners)
Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory)
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng)

Midfielders

Matt McKay (Changchun Yatai)
Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)
Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Mitch Nichols (Melbourne Victory)
Connor Paine (Melbourne Victory)
Erik Paartalu (Tianjin Teda)
Dario Vidosic (Adelaide United)
Ruben Zadkovich (Newcastle Jets)

Forwards

Mitchell Duke (Central Coast Mariners)
Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderes)
Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus)
Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)
Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)

 
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