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THE Socceroos have welcomed the return of three Asian Cup heroes, while coach Ange Postecoglou also named uncapped James Meredith in the squad to face Jordan.

Trent Sainsbury, James Troisi and Tomi Juric have joined the team for the October 8 World Cup qualifier in Amman after missing the last round of qualifiers to injury.

Skipper Mile Jedinak was not picked, the Crystal Palace midfielder suffering with injury and lack of game time in the Premier League.

“It’s a quick turnaround for this one, but I’m pretty pleased with the squad. Most players have backed up pretty well and we get a few back who were influential at the Asian Cup,’’ Postecoglou said.

“(Robbie) Kruse did a calf in training a week ago, he was in the frame. Mile had a relapse of the niggly hammy one or two weeks ago. It’s wise to make sure he’s 100 per cent and ready for the November games.

“I expect both Mitch (Langerak) and Mat (Ryan) to be ready and available for the November games too.’’

“It is a sign of the depth we are creating that we bring these three guys back into the squad for the Jordan game,” Postecoglou said. “All three played a major part in our Asian Cup success and after finding fitness and regular club football they are ready to come back in.

Tomi Juric and James Troisi return to bolster the Socceroos.

Tomi Juric and James Troisi return to bolster the Socceroos.Source: Getty Images

 

“We are slowly building a squad with alternatives and depth and when we add these three guys to the squad that did very well and won both games in the September window we are building nicely.

They aren’t the only additions, with Bradford City defender James Meredith in line to make his Australia debut after impressing Postecoglou with his performances in League One.

“We have been keeping an eye on James for the past 18 months and this season he has started well so we’ll bring him in to see how he fits into the system,” Postecoglou said.

James Meredith of Bradford City in action.

James Meredith of Bradford City in action.Source: Getty Images

“We still need a bit more depth in our fullback areas so James has a chance to impress and show us he can add something to our rapidly increasing pool of players.”

Jackson Irvine and Chris Ikonomidis drop out of the squad due to their involvement with the Olyroos, who will be preparing for January’s Olympic Games qualifiers.

The undefeated Socceroos are top of Group B after notching wins over Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh and Tajikistan, but the trip to the Middle East will be their toughest test so far.

SOCCEROOS SQUAD TO FACE JORDAN

GOALKEEPERS

Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient FC, England), Adam Federici (Bournemouth, England), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)

DEFENDERS

Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle , Netherlands), Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town AFC, England), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United FC), Ryan McGowan (Dundee United, Scotland), Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown FC, China), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic), Bailey Wright (Preston North End FC, England), James Meredith (Bradford City, England)

MIDFIELD

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers FC, England), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas SC, UAE), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City FC), Tom Rogic (Celtic FC, Scotland), Luke Brattan, James Troisi (Al-Ittihad, Saudi Arabia)

FORWARDS

Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo, Japan), Tim Cahill (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C., China), Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany), Tommy Oar (Ipswich Town), Tomi Juric (Roda JC, Netherlands)

 

© 2015 Fox Sports | This article was written by Huw Bonello and first originally appeared on Fox Sports on 23 September 2015.

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