Australia World Cup squad 2022: All 26 players Australia for national team Roster in Qatar

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After a long qualifying campaign that went down to a penalty shootout, the Socceroos will be playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

While the team may have qualified, few players stood out in a squad that stumbled in qualification.

Coach Graham Arnold has tried to give opportunities to younger players in recent years and the side will have a mix of youth and experience in Qatar.

Unlike previous World Cups, the Socceroos were able to name a 26-man squad for the 2022 tournament in Qatar.

Final 26-man Australia World Cup squad

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold confirmed his World Cup squad on Tuesday, November 8.

Arnold was permitted to name an official preliminary list of 35-55 players up until Friday, October 21 with FIFA confirming final squads needed to be submitted by no later than November 14.

The Socceroos won’t play again until the World Cup so squad selection came down to recent club form and performances during qualifying.

Teenage sensation Garang Kuol has made the cut with the young attacker set to join Newcastle United in January.

Some other notable names in the squad include former Premier League goalkeeper Maty Ryan, Sunderland defender Bailey Wright and Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy.

Among the players missing, Mitch Langerak, Trent Sainsbury, Tom Rogic and Adam Taggart are the biggest surprises.

Here’s Australia’s confirmed World Cup squad:

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Maty Ryan FC Copenhagen (DEN) 30 75
Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne Sydney FC (AUS) 33 3
Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 37 4
Defender Milos Degenek Columbus Crew (USA) 28 38
Defender Aziz Behich Dundee United (SCO) 31 53
Defender Joel King OB (DAN) 21 3
Defender Nathaniel Atkinson Hearts (SCO) 23 5
Defender Fran Karacic Brescia (ITA) 26 10
Defender Harry Souttar Stoke City (ENG) 23 10
Defender Kye Rowles Hearts (SCO) 24 3
Defender Bailey Wright Sunderland (ENG) 30 27
Defender Thomas Deng Albirex Niigata (JAP) 25 2
Midfielder Aaron Mooy Celtic (SCO) 32 53
Midfielder Jackson Irvine St Pauli (GER) 29 49
Midfielder Ajdin Hrustic Hellas Verona (ITA) 26 20
Midfielder Keanu Baccus St Mirren (SCO 29 53
Midfielder Cameron Devlin Hearts (SCO) 24 1
Midfielder Riley McGree Middlesbrough (ENG) 23 10
Forward Awer Mabil Cadiz (SPA) 27 29
Forward Mathew Leckie Melbourne City (AUS) 31 72
Forward Martin Boyle Hibernian (SCO) 29 19
Forward Jamie Maclaren Melbourne City (AUS) 29 26
Forward Jason Cummings Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 27 1
Forward Mitchell Duke Fagiano Okayama (JAP) 31 20
Forward Garang Kuol Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 18 1
Forward Craig Goodwin Adelaide United (AUS) 30 10

Socceroos projected starting lineup at World Cup 2022

Just like the squad, Australia’s starting side for the 2022 World Cup is still very much a calculated guess at this stage.

In the Socceroos’ two playoff matches, they deployed a 4-1-4-1 formation but prior to that were using a 4-3-3 variation with two of their midfielders sitting deeper.

For the World Cup, Arnold may opt for a more defensive formation with group games against France, Denmark and Tunisia set to test their backline.

Possible Socceroos starting side (4-3-3): Ryan – Behich, Souttar, Wright, Atkinson – Mooy, Irvine, Hrustic – Boyle, Cummings, Mabil. 

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