Sport Luongo, Wright make Socceroos cut

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

Socceroos switch two for Cameroon clash

  Socceroos switch two for Cameroon clash Alex Gersbach and Robbie Kruse have been brought in to the Socceroos line up for their clutch Confederations Cup match with Cameroon.The 20-year-old former Sydney FC left-back comes into the side as one of two changes from the opening 3-2 loss to Germany.

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.

'Go hard': Roos critics no issue for Ange .
Ange Postecoglou didn't achieve all his objectives against Brazil but he's at least confident the Socceroos are in good physical nick for the Confederations Cup when they fly out on Wednesday.A Philippe Coutinho-inspired Brazil outclassed Australia at the MCG on Tuesday night, in the national team's heaviest defeat since the 2013 6-0 thrashing by France that triggered Holger Osieck's sacking.While Bailey Wright's defensive howler allowed Tite's world No.1 maestros to open the scoring within 12 seconds, Australia dug in for the remainder of the first half.

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