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Australia World Cup 2022 squad, predicted line-up versus Argentina and star players

08:00 GMT+3 03/12/2022
Australia World Cup squad 2022
Who will Socceroos boss Graham Arnold pick for their round of 16 clash against Argentina?

Australia are getting ready for their first round of 16 appearance since 2006 in the World Cup as they are set to face the mighty Argentina.

The Socceroos' best performance in the competition is getting to the round of 16 in Germany in 2006.

They will be hoping to do better this time around after beating Tunisia and Denmark in the group stages.

Head coach Graham Arnold will be relying on experienced players such as Mathew Ryan and Aaron Mooy to lead the way, but there are some exciting youngsters coming through as well who could make an impact.

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  • Andrew Redmayne, Australia

    GOALKEEPERS

    Mathew Ryan is both the captain of the team and top choice between the sticks.

    Andrew Redmayne was the penalty shoot-out hero that helped Australia beat Peru in the qualifiers, while Danny Vukovic has experience from the previous World Cup.

    Name

    Club

    Mathew Ryan

    FC Copenhagen

    Andrew Redmayne

    Sydney FC

    Danny Vukovic

    Central Coast Mariners

  • Bailey Wright Australia

    DEFENDERS

    Aziz Behich boasts plenty of experience and gets the nod for Qatar, with Bailey Wright and Milos Degenek also making the cut.

    Harry Souttar, Joel King and Nathaniel Atkinson represent younger, but promising options in defence.

    Trent Sainsbury, however, was somewhat surprisingly left out.

    Name

    Club

    Milos Degenek

    Columbus Crew

    Nathanial Atkinson

    Hearts

    Joel King

    OB

    Fran Karacic

    Brescia

    Bailey Wright

    Sunderland

    Harry Souttar

    Stoke

    Kye Rowles

    Hearts

    Aziz Behich

    Dundee United

    Thomas Deng

    Albirex Niigata

  • Aaron Mooy Australia

    MIDFIELDERS

    There's no looking past Aaron Mooy in midfield, with the talented playmaker having proven that he has what it takes to shine at the highest level.

    Ajdin Hrustic and Jackson Irvine have also shown what they're capable of in Europe, with a number of less experienced options keen to break into the team, too.

    Tom Rogic did not make the cut following his controversial decision not to make himself available for selection for the decisive qualification play-offs.

    Name

    Club

    Aaron Mooy

    Celtic

    Craig Goodwin

    Adelaide United

    Jackson Irvine

    St. Pauli

    Cameron Devlin

    Hearts

    Riley McGree

    Middlesbrough

    Ajdin Hrustic

    Eintracht Frankfurt

    Keanu Baccus

    St Mirren

  • Luis Advincula Mathew Leckie Peru Australia Repechaje Qatar 2022

    ATTACKERS

    Mathew Leckie offers experience out wide, while Awer Mabil represents another strong option on the wings.

    Jamie Maclaren, meanwhile, will fancy his chances of seeing game time as well, having impressed through the middle previously.

    A lot of eyes will be on Garang Kuol, with the promising youngster recently earning a move to Newcastle United after enjoying a bit of a breakthrough season at Central Coast Mariners.

    Name

    Club

    Mathew Leckie

    Melbourne City

    Marco Tilio

    Melbourne

    Jamie Maclaren

    Melbourne City

    Craig Goodwin

    Adelaide United

    Mitchell Duke

    Fagiano Okayama

    Jason Cummings

    Central Coast Mariners

    Garang Kuol

    Central Coast Mariners

    Awer Mabil

    Cadiz

  • Mathew Leckie Australia

    AUSTRALIA STAR PLAYERS

    Mathew Leckie has become a household name in world football after he guided the Socceroos to a famous 1-0 win over Denmark to register a knockout berth for the first time since 2006.

    Mitchell Duke is another player who has the potential to trouble any defence in the World Cup. It was his opportunistic strike against Tunisia that lent Graham Arnold's side their first win for over a decade in the tournament and he will once again be key in the knockout stages.

    Central defenders Kye Rowles and Harry Souttar quickly learned from their mistakes against France and put in solid performances against Tunisia and Denmark. However, the going gets tougher from here on and their mettle will be tested to the limits.

  • SOCCEROOS PREDICTED XI VS ARGENTINA

    Captain Mat Ryan takes his place in goal, while the centre-back pairing of Rowles and Souttar should continue to feature along with Aziz Behich and Fran Karacic as the two full-backs.

    Keanu Baccus might get a start after his impressive second half display against Denmark, while Mooy and Irvine could slot in at the centre of the park.

    Leckie should continue to feature on the right with Duke and McGree as the two forwards upfront.

    Australia XI (4-4-2): Ryan; Behich, Rowles, Souttar, Karacic; Baccus, Mooy, Irvine, Leckie; Duke, McGree.

  • Tom Rogic Australia World Cup qualifying

    NOTABLE ABSENTEES

    Arnold did not hesitate to make some tough decisions as he left out multiple seasoned internationals who would have expected to get the nod, even though each had their own personal circumstances complicating matters.

    PlayerClubReason
    Tom RogicWest BromwichTactical
    Mitch LangerakNagoya GrampusTactical
    Trent SainsburyAl WakrahTactical