Socceroos squad named for Korea Republic friendly

Graham Arnold
Can these players impress leading up to the Asian Cup?

Graham Arnold has named his 23-man Socceroos squad for an upcoming friendly against Korea Republic with a number of A-League stars rewarded for their good form.

FFA Cup hero Craig Goodwin, who hasn't played for the national team since 2013, and Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant have been included as four train-on players along with Thomas Deng and Dimitri Petratos. 

With Daniel Arzani and Kenneth Dougall out injured, Arnold has also brought a fit-again Andrew Nabbout back into the squad along with James Jeggo, who is yet to play for Australia. 

Arnold revealed he'll name a second squad on Sunday November 18 ahead of the Socceroos clash against Lebanon as he looks to make the most of preparations before the Asian Cup in January.

"With limited opportunities and matches to prepare for next year’s AFC Asian Cup it is important that we make the most of every day that we have together, and by calling in additional train-on players from Hyundai A-League clubs this will ensure that more players are exposed to our style and standards as we edge towards the tournament," Arnold said. 

"Several players who have been in and around the squad over the past 12 months, such as Andrew Nabbout and James Jeggo, will also be reintroduced to the group as we continue to add depth to the national team player pool."

The Socceroos will face Korea Republic in Brisbane on November 17 in what will be a rematch of the 2015 Asian Cup final, before taking on Lebanon four days later in Sydney.

That clash will see Tim Cahill take the field one final time in the green and gold with the Australian legend expected to be introduced late in the game. 

Full Socceroos squad:

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Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Mitchell Langerak, Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Matthew Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Milos Degenek, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy, James Jeggo, Mustafa Amini, Robbie Kruse, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Tom Rogic, Jackson Irvine, Awer Mabil, Martin Boyle, Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren. 

Train-on players:

Craig Goodwin, Rhyan Grant, Thomas Deng, Dimitri Petratos