Rolling Socceroos XI: Surprise packets picked

Rolling Socceroos XI: Surprise packets picked


With just under a month to run until the Socceroos’ next two World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE, the Daily Football Show begins its Rolling Socceroos XI series. 

Picked on form and minutes, this week’s team features a number of A-League-based players as well as a former Liverpool flop.

A number of mainstay Socceroos, who are lacking miles in their legs, are absent from the team.

Goalkeeper – Brad Jones: A picture of both continuity and form for Feyenoord in the Eredivise, who are flying at the top of the table.

Right-back – Rhyan Grant: It is such a troublesome position for Ange Postecoglou, but the untested Grant is giving the boss plenty to think about. This season’s premier A-League right-back.

Centre-back – Alex Wilkinson: Another vital cog in Sydney FC’s incredible unbeaten run. Wilko is a safe bet given he boasts World Cup experience.

Centre-back – Mark Milligan: Milligan is in-season with Bani Yas Club in the UAE so is ready to go at international level. Milligan’s on-field presence provides a calm throughout the team.

Left-back – Aziz Behich: A forgotten Socceroo. Was part of the Asian Cup squad but has since been invisible in green and gold. However, there are worse options than the mainstay Bursaspor flyer.

Defensive-midfield – Jackson Irvine: He wants a start, and boy does he deserve it. Aside from a brief spell on the sidelines with injury, Irvine has become a lynchpin for Championship battlers Burton Albion.

Central-midfield – Aaron Mooy: Continues to capture the imagination of english football fans with his wizardry for Huddersfield Town. First man picked.

Central-midfield – Massimo Luongo: Maybe the second man picked. An entrenched starter under Ian Holloway at Loftus Road.

Right-wing – James Troisi: Out of position somewhat but could be used effectively drifting inside. A man at the peak of his powers in the familiar surrounds of Melbourne Victory.

Left-wing – Mat Leckie: Maligned, but Leckie is still playing at a high level in the Bundesliga and has reclaimed his place in Ingolstadt’s starting XI. Plenty are calling for his axing, but the speedster is here to stay for the not too distant future.

Striker – Jamie Maclaren: Has not impressed at Socceroos level in his two chances, but is a regular fixture for Brisbane Roar. One of our premier long-term options.

LISTEN to Monday’s Daily Football Show for the FULL rundown of selection.