Uncapped striker Kusini Yengi has earned a maiden Socceroos call-up for this months World Cup qualifiers against
Bangladesh and Palestine after a goal-laden switch to England.Veterans Milos Degenek and Andrew Redmayne
, however, have been dropped, alongside Tom Glover and forward Awer Mabil.Goalkeeper Redmayne has had shaky form for
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– Listen now: The National Curriculum | The Far PostSocceroos boss Graham Arnold unveiled his squad for the qualification window in Melbourne on Thursday, with
Jamie Maclaren, Joe Gauci and uncapped goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer rounding out four inclusions. Midfielder
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Portsmouth. Arnold had pencilled Yengi in for the September window friendly against Mexico only for the talented striker to be sidelined with an ankle injury. The former
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Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United frontman has five goals in eight games for Pompey after making the move overseas during the
A-League Men offseason.Arnold has no major injury concerns ahead of the November window where Australia will be expected to pick up two wins. Next Thursdays match against Bangladesh at AAMI Park is the Socceroos first on home soil since facing
Ecuador in March. Australia then face Palestine in Kuwait on Nov. 21.”Weve had the opportunity to test ourselves against some of world footballs best in the last six months and our performances have shown just how effective we can be, learning a lot along the way,” Arnold said.
Kusini Yengi has averaged a goal every 40 minutes in appearances across League One and Portsmouths various cup competitions.
Pompey/X”It was a chance to grow as a group, providing opportunities to younger players in preparation for the start of the 2026 World Cup qualification cycle.
“Those performances have not only shown what were capable of, but reinforced a strong belief within this group as we begin an extremely important period.
“Its important that we build and maintain a momentum that will see us be successful throughout this campaign and beyond.”
FULL SOCCEROOS SQUADGoalkeepers:Mathew Ryan, Joe Gauci, Ashley Maynard-BrewerDefenders:Aziz Behich, Jordan Bos
, Cameron Burgess, Alessandro Circati, Lewis Miller, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Ryan StrainMidfielders:
Keanu Baccus, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Connor Metcalfe, Aiden ONeillForwards:Brandon Borrello,
Martin Boyle, Mitch Duke, Craig Goodwin, Jamie Maclaren, Sam Silvera, Kusini Yengi