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Socceroos XI: How Australia will likely line up against Kuwait

03:25 GMT+3 15/10/2018
Robbie Kruse Australia

The second Graham Arnold era gets underway on the pitch with the Socceroos facing Kuwait in Kuwait City on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

While there is a few injury issues for the new boss to deal with, including Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy, the green and gold will still have a strong line-up.

Goal examines which players will likely start in a probable 4-2-3-1 formation.

  • Danny Vukovic

    #1 GK - Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk)

    Vuka will likely earn his opportunity after a minor injury suffered to undisputed no.1 Mat Ryan.

    It's an important chance for the former A-League star, with the no.2 spot up for grabs during the Asian Cup.


  • Aziz Behich

    #2 LB - Aziz Behich (PSV Eindhoven)

    The Dutch-based full back is an absolute certainty to get picked on the left flank.

    He is yet to start for PSV in the Eredivisie - coming off the bench to play 21 minutes so far.


  • Trent Sainsbury Socceroos

    #3 CB - Trent Sainsbury (PSV Eindhoven)

    Almost the first player picked on the team sheet these days and a future captain of the green and gold.

    Started PSV's last Eredivisie match.

  • Mark Milligan Socceroos

    #4 CB - Mark Milligan (Hibernian)

    The former Melbourne Victory skipper was close to retiring from international football but was convinced by Arnold to stay on through the Asian Cup.

    Was superb in a centre-half role during the World Cup.

  • Josh Risdon Socceroos

    #5 RB - Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers)

    Has earned first shot at the right-back position after a solid World Cup.

    However he must perform with Milos Degenek waiting in the wings.

  • Massimo Luongo

    #6 CM - Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers)

    Didn't play a single minute during the World Cup but guaranteed to get a start against Kuwait with Aaron Mooy's injury and Mile Jedinak's international retirement.

    Jedinak's spot is up for grabs going into the Asian Cup and it's likely to be a straight battle between Luongo and Jackson Irvine.

  • Jackson Irvine Burton Albion

    #7 CM - Jackson Irvine (Hull City)

    While he plays as a more advanced midfielder for club, Irvine looms as Jedinak's successor in a defensive holding role.

    With his extraordinary work rate and physical play, it should be an easy transition to a deeper area on the pitch.


  • Robbie Kruse Thailand v Australia World Cup qualifying 15112016

    #8 LW - Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum)

    The much-maligned winger is Australia's only experienced option as a left-side attacker.

    Has Daniel Arzani breathing down his neck however.

  • Tom Rogic Australia Thailand

    #9 CAM - Tomas Rogic (Celtic)

    The playmaker role is made for Tom Rogic.

    Would like to see him score more goals and get into the penalty box to use his height advantage.

  • Mathew Leckie Australia v United Arab Emirates World Cup qualifying 28032017

    #10 RW - Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin)

    Has just come back from injury to feature for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.

    He is Australia's best attacker and will be hoping to start hitting form ahead of the Asian Cup.

  • Apo Giannou Australia v Greece Friendly 04062016

    #11 CF - Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca)

    This could be the Cypriot-based strikers one chance to impress in green and gold, with injuries to Jamie Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout, while usual no.1 striker Tomi Juric is only just returning to fitness.