Australia name their 23-man Asian Cup squad

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The 2015 Asian Cup will take place in Australia from January 9-31 and the hosts are well prepared following the announcement of their 23-man squad selected by manager Ange Postecoglou. 

According to ABC news, Postecoglou said: "We've made sure that from a long way out we were well managed in terms of the individual progress of the players.

"From our perspective, we're pretty comfortable with this group that they'll all be available and, more importantly, capable of playing out the whole tournament."

The Aussie boss ensured he included plenty of experience in the squad, selecting the likes of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, Premier League star Mile Jedinak and Mark Bresciano.

16 of the players selected featured at the 2014 World Cup, while seven of the players selected took part in the 2011 Asian Cup.

Whilst there is a good sense of experience in the named squad there is also a reasonable amount of youth incorporated in the squad, including the likes of Terry Antonis, Tom Juric, Tommy Oar, Jason Davidson and Trent Sainsbury. 

Robbie Kruse gets the chance to shine as he was selected to take on Asia's best; this comes as great news for the Bundesliga star as he missed out on 2014 World Cup selection due to injury.  

In-form Wellington Phoenix midfielder Nathan Burns will get the chance to play in his first major tournament in his national career; Burns has only seven international caps under his belt.

So far this season in the A-League, Burns has netted ten times in eleven appearances. 

The Socceroos endured heartbreak in the 2011 Asian Cup held in Qatar, the Aussies progressed to the final with ease, but to their dismay they were defeated 1-0 against Japan.


As the Asian Cup takes place in Australia, the Socceroos will look to put their recent major tournament failures behind them, and there's no better way or place to do it by winning the Asian Cup in their own home country, Australia.

The Socceroos will have a huge home advantage, and despite having pressure and a huge weight on their shoulders as they are the home team with high expectations, they will benefit extremely well from the home support from their passionate fans.   


Below is the Socceroos 23 man Asian Cup squad as mentioned by ABC news.

Terry Antonis, Aziz Behich, Mark Bresciano, Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Eugene Galekovic, Chris Herd, Mile Jedinak, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Luongo, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Matthew Spiranovic, James Troisi, Alex Wilkinson.

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