Sport Luongo, Wright make Socceroos cut

22:26  19 june  2017
22:26  19 june  2017 Source:   MSN

Socceroos go down after 12 seconds

  Socceroos go down after 12 seconds The Socceroos got off to the worst possible start in their International friendly against Brazil with the South Americans opening the scoring in the opening minute. Australia kicked-off at the centre circle and tried to work the ball back before moving it forward but they were put off by Brazil’s early pressure on the ball.Socceroos defender Bailey Wright tried to pass it around Brazil’s Willian but his delivery of the ball wasn’t precise and the South American whiz stuck his leg out and got a piece of it.

Craig Goodwin and Alex Gersbach are among the seven players who have failed to make the final cut as the Socceroos ’ final 23-man squad for globe with many claiming trophies, promotion and against-the-odds victories in relegation battles including Bailey Wright , Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine.

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Bailey Wright and Massimo Luongo have won selection battles to face Germany in Australia's Confederations Cup opener. © Alex Grimm - FIFA Bailey Wright and Massimo Luongo have won selection battles to face Germany in Australia's Confederations Cup opener. Bailey Wright and Massimo Luongo have won selection battles to face Germany in Australia's Confederations Cup opener.

Mark Milligan will captain the side in the absence of regular skipper Mile Jedinak.

The Socceroos take on the world champions on Monday night (Tuesday 1am AEST), and coach Ange Postecoglou has eschewed his normal practice of selection surprises.

Mat Ryan starts in goal ahead of a back three of Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek and Wright - preferred to Ryan McGowan.

Luongo - not positional rival Jackson Irvine - will partner Milligan in the heart of midfield.

As expected, Aziz Behich and Mat Leckie will play wide, Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic are Australia's attacking midfielders and Tomi Juric will lead the line.

The match will be the seventh time Milligan has skippered the side, the last being the World Cup qualifier with United Arab Emirates in September last year.

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Australia played with style and confidence against the South American champions but had to settle for a draw at the Confederations Cup.In Tim Cahill's 100th match for the national team, the Socceroos put together one of the brightest performances of Ange Postecoglou's tenure and opened the scoring through James Troisi's first-half chip.

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