We've Great Strength To Cover Socceroos - Corica

Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica believes the Sky Blues have enough strength in depth to cover the departure of three Socceroos for June’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Kuwait.

Full-back Rhyan Grant, central defender Ryan McGowan and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne have been named in the national squad today, and will depart for the Middle East after Sydney FC’s clash away to Adelaide United this Saturday.

The trio are among ten players from A-League clubs to feature in the Socceroos announcement, including Melbourne City’s Jamie MacLaren, Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe, Central Coast Mariners’ centre half Ruon Tongyik, Perth Glory forward Chris Ikonomidis, Macarthur midfielder Denis Genreau and Western Sydney Wanderers striker Mitch Duke.

The Sky Blues’ boss says he has plenty of quality in defence to cope with the departures, as the club look to deliver an unprecedented third consecutive A-League Championship.

“It’s a huge honour to be selected to represent your country,” said Corica.

“I’d like to congratulate all the boys on their selection and it shows the talent we have at Sydney FC.

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Ben Warland is one of a few players set for extended game time in the A-League following the Socceroos squad announcement. Photo by Jaime Castaneda (@jamcas50)

“This especially comes to mind when you see players of the calibre of Ben Warland and Patrick Flottmann to call upon in place of McGowan, as well as the experience and talent of Paulo Retre, Harry Van der Saag and Callum Talbot for Rhyan Grant.

“Tom Heward-Belle has already proved more than capable when stepping in for Andrew Redmayne in the past.

“His work on the training field with Redders and more recently Danny Vukovic, plus the valuable game time in our National Premier League team of late, is great preparation for him to step in.

“We're getting minutes into all the players leading into the finals and I think we have the right depth in the squad to cover.

“We already have the best defensive record in the A-League, which is testament to the way we defend as a team from the front to the back.”

The Socceroos will play Nepal, Taiwan, Jordan and Kuwait between June 4 and June 16, while Sydney FC’s stars will return to A-League action on Saturday away against Adelaide United (kick off 7pm AEST).


 

Socceroos 31-Player Squad | May-June 2021 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ & AFC Asian Cup China 2023™ – Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 | Kuwait Hub

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Aziz BEHICH

Kayserispor, Turkey

38 (2)

Brandon BORRELLO

Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany

3 (0)

Martin BOYLE

Hibernian FC, Scotland

4 (2)

Milos DEGENEK

Red Star Belgrade, Serbia

29 (1)

Kenneth DOUGALL

Blackpool FC, England

Uncapped

Mitchell DUKE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

6 (2)

Denis GENREAU

Macarthur FC, Australia

Uncapped

Apostolos GIANNOU

OFI Crete, Greece

12 (2)

Curtis GOOD

Melbourne City FC, Australia

1 (0)

Rhyan GRANT

Sydney FC, Australia

12 (0)

James HOLLAND

LASK Linz, Austria

15 (0)

Ajdin HRUSTIC

Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany

3 (0)

Chris IKONOMIDIS

Perth Glory FC, Australia

12 (2)

Jackson IRVINE

Hibernian FC, Scotland

34 (5)

Fran KARACIC

Brescia Calcio, Italy

Uncapped

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, Germany

63 (11)

Awer MABIL

FC Midtjylland, Denmark

14 (4)

Jamie MACLAREN

Melbourne City FC, Australia

17 (5)

Ryan MCGOWAN

Sydney FC, Australia

20 (0)

Riley MCGREE

Birmingham City FC, England

Uncapped

Connor METCALFE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Uncapped

Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk)

Sydney FC, Australia

1 (0)

Nikita RUKAVYTSYA

Maccabi Haifa FC, Israel

18 (1)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Arsenal FC, England

59 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

KV Kortrijk, Belgium

48 (3)

Brad SMITH

Seattle Sounders FC, United States of America

22 (0)

Harry SOUTTAR

Stoke City FC, England

2 (4)

Adam TAGGART

Cerezo Osaka, Japan

11 (6)

Lawrence THOMAS (Gk)

SønderjyskE Fodbold, Denmark

Uncapped

Ruon TONGYIK

Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia

Uncapped

Danny VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, Belgium

3 (0)