Graham Arnold is confident in his 27-man squad ahead of next week's qualifying games. (Photo: Socceroos)

Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold today announced his 27-man squad that will be taking on China and Vietnam in Doha, with the final round of World Cup qualifying set to kick off next Thursday.

With challenges surrounding quarantine and personal factors preventing A-League players to be part of the squad, Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant was the only A-League player named.

Arnold says that despite not being able to call up the A-League players that took part in the last round of qualifiers, he’s pleased the depth of the squad that will feature three players making their first senior international appearances.

“I believe this is a great squad and one that will help Australia achieve a strong start in the final round of qualifying,” Arnold said.

“We have at least two players for every position, which provides us both cover and tactical flexibility, and many players will arrive in camp off the back of strong form for their clubs throughout Europe, the UK, and Asia.

“We also welcome back several senior Socceroos including Tom Rogic, Aaron Mooy, and Bailey Wright, this camp, while I expect players such as Ryan Strain, Callum Elder, and Paul Izzo will arrive in camp brimming with energy following their first senior international call-ups.”

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Football Australia Performance Director Paddy Steinfort would also make a comment regarding Australian-based player selection.

After working with Sydney FC to ensure Grant continues to develop his fitness leading up to the A-League 2021/22 campaign while also on international duties, Steinfort says Football Australia will look at making similar agreements with other clubs.

“Qualifying for a FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle in many players’ careers,” Steinfort said.

“As COVID-19 continues to throw curveballs, we’ll continue to develop options and solutions that support the international ambitions of elite Australian footballers, while at the same time respecting the needs of their clubs in Australia.”

Socceroos 27-Player Squad | 30 August – 7 September 2021 | FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ – AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar (Final Round)

NameClub, Country‘A’ International Caps (Goals)
Daniel ARZANILommel SK, Belgium6 (1)
Aziz BEHICHGiresunspor, Turkey41 (2)
Martin BOYLEHibernian FC, Scotland7 (3)
Milos DEGENEKRed Star Belgrade, Serbia31 (1)
Kenneth DOUGALLBlackpool FC, England3 (0)
Mitchell DUKEFagiano Okayama, Japan9 (4)
Callum ELDERHull City AFC, England0 (0)
Denis GENREAUToulouse FC, France1 (0)
Rhyan GRANTSydney FC, Australia14 (0)
Ajdin HRUSTICEintracht Frankfurt, Germany7 (1)
Jackson IRVINEFC St. Pauli, Germany37 (6)
Paul IZZO (GK)Xanthi FC, Greece0 (0)
James JEGGOAris Thessaloniki, Greece5 (0)
Awer MABILFC Midtjylland, Denmark17 (4)
Ryan MCGOWANKuwait SC, Kuwait21 (0)
Riley MCGREEBirmingham City FC, England3 (0)
Aaron MOOYShanghai Port FC, China PR43 (6)
Tom ROGICCeltic FC, Scotland47 (9)
Mathew RYAN (GK)Real Sociedad, Spain61 (0)
Trent SAINSBURYKV Kortrijk, Belgium50 (3)
Brad SMITHSeattle Sounders FC, United States of America22 (0)
Harry SOUTTARStoke City FC, England5 (6)
Ryan STRAINMaccabi Haifa, Israel0 (0)
Adam TAGGARTCerezo Osaka, Japan12 (6)
Lawrence THOMAS (GK)SønderjyskE Fodbold, Denmark1 (0)
Danny VUKOVIC (GK)NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands4 (0)
Bailey WRIGHTSunderland AFC, England24 (1)

Qualifying will commence in Doha on September 2 against China before the Socceroos face Vietnam on September 7.

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