A-LEAGUE star Thomas Deng and Scottish-born winger Martin Boyle have been handed their first ever call-ups for the Socceroos as Graham Arnold named a 25-man squad for the upcoming clash against Kuwait.
The pair are among a quartet of uncapped inclusions which also sees teen midfielder Denis Genreau, currently on loan at PEC Zwolle from Melbourne City, and Denmark-based attacker Awer Mabil in with a chance of securing their first international minutes.
Boyle, who plays alongside Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Hibernian, is yet to receive clearance to play for Australia, but has expressed a desire to pull on the green and gold – the nation of his father’s birth.
The squad will head to the Middle East for a training camp in the UAE next week before taking on Kuwait in Arnold’s first match in charge.
Attacking stars Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie are included after missing the previous camp in Turkey through injury, while emerging duo Daniel Arzani and Alex Gersbach have also been named.
“We believe we have selected a well-balanced squad to travel to the UAE and on to Kuwait City for our October camp,” Arnold said.
“This group will have the opportunity to build upon the standards and principles of play that we established in Antalya, and crucially have the chance to implement the new style that we are working towards in an international match situation when we play Kuwait.”
“While some players have missed out on this camp, they, along with many other players globally, remain firmly on our radar as we work towards selecting the best possible squad to help us excel at next year’s AFC Asian Cup.”
The Socceroos take on Kuwait at Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City on Monday, 15 October 2018 (local time) – the match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
FULL SQUAD: Mustafa Amini, Daniel Arzani, Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Milos Degenek, Thomas Deng, Denis Genreau, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Jackson Irvine, Brad Jones, Tomi Juric, Matthew Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Mass Luongo, Awer Mabil, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Danny Vukovic