Tom Rogic misses Socceroos squad to face NZ – as coach Graham Arnold names seven debutants

Star midfielder Tom Rogic was the glaring omission from the Socceroos squad after Graham Arnold named seven debutants to face New Zealand.

Rogic, 29, recently joined West Bromwich Albion in the English Championship.

Not being selected in the 31-man squad will only fuel speculation that Rogic will not play at the World Cup in Qatar in November.

Did not feature in World Cup qualifier wins against UAE and Peru due to personal reasons.

Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has returned from international retirement and will join the national squad ahead of the first game in Brisbane on September 22.

Langerak, 34, was named in a squad that includes seven newcomers, including Central Coast Mariners teenager Garang Kuol.

Australia will also play the All Whites on September 25 in Auckland.

Tom Rogic misses Socceroos squad to face NZ – as coach Graham Arnold names seven debutants

Star midfielder Tom Rogic was the glaring omission from the Socceroos squad after Graham Arnold named seven debutants to face New Zealand.

Rogic, 29, recently joined West Bromwich Albion in the English Championship

The friendlies are Australia’s final games ahead of the 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar.

Japan-based Langerak, who was capped eight times and a member of Australia’s 2014 World Cup squad, retired from international football last May during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When I made the decision to retire, we were in the midst of severe restrictions in Japan,” Langerak said Wednesday.

“At the time, I was facing the prospect of spending months away from my wife and young children, so I had to make the difficult call to step away from international football.

“I am grateful for another opportunity. It was difficult to watch the team from afar.’

Mariners sensation Kuol, 17, is among the newcomers to the squad, along with his A-League Men teammate Jason Cummings, who was born in Scotland but can play in Australia.

Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has reversed his international retirement to join the squad in Brisbane

Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has reversed his international retirement to join the squad in Brisbane

Tokyo 2020 Olympic squad members Keanu Baccus, Cameron Devlin, Ryan Strain and Tyrese Francois, as well as Korea-based defender Harrison Delbridge, also join a Socceroos squad for the first time.

Tokyo Olympic champion Thomas Deng returns to the Socceroos squad for the first time since 2018.

Adelaide United captain Craig Goodwin, Scotland-based defender Kye Rowles and Nick D’Agostino were overlooked.

Arnold said he was casting his nets before settling on a 26-man World Cup squad to be named by November 13.

“This camp provides us with a unique opportunity to bring in some young players who can push for selection ahead of the World Cup,” he said.

“The motivation couldn’t be greater.”

The Socceroos play France (November 23), Tunisia (November 26) and Denmark (December 1) at the World Cup.

Team Australia: Mathew Ryan (captain), Nathaniel Atkinson, Keanu Baccus, Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Jason Cummings, Harrison Delbridge, Milos Degenek, Thomas Deng, Cameron Devlin, Mitch Duke, Tyrese Francois, Denis Genreau, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Karac Irivine, , Joel King, Garang Kuol, Mitch Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Riley McGree, Connor Metcalfe, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Redmayne, Trent Sainsbury, Ryan Strain, Adam Taggart, Marco Tilio, Bailey Wright.

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