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Aug 30, 2018   |  12:17AM AET

Risdon named in squad for Caltex Socceroos training camp

Risdon named in squad for Caltex Socceroos training camp

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.

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 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)


Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Mustafa AMINI

Aarhus Gymnastikforening, Denmark

2 (0)


Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland

5 (1)


Bursaspor, Turkey

26 (2)


Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

18 (0)


Barnsley FC, England

0 (0)

Mitchell DUKE

Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan

4 (2)


Heart of Midlothian, Scotland

0 (0)


PEC Zwolle, Netherlands

0 (0)


Rosenborg BK, Norway

4 (0)

Apostolos GIANNOU

AEK Larnaca, Cyprus

5 (0)


FC Groningen, Netherlands

1 (0)


SC Heerenveen, Netherlands

0 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, England

22 (2)


Aston Villa FC, England

79 (20)

Brad JONES (Gk)

Al-Nasr Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

6 (0)


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)


FC Midtylland, Denmark

0 (0)


Hibernian FC, Scotland

6 (0)


Hibernian FC, Scotland

71 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, England

37 (5)


Newcastle Jets, Australia

2 (0)


Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

11 (0)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England

47 (0)


PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands

38 (3)

Aleksandar SUSNJAR

MŠK Žilina, Slovakia

1 (0)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, Belgium

1 (0)


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)
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.