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Ange hits half-ton of new Socceroos

  • Ange hits half-ton of new Socceroos

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 26: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou arrives ahead of the 2016 FFA Dolan Warren Awards at Carriageworks on April 26, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

If Ange Postecoglou's task as Socceroos boss is, as he often says, to grow the pool of international-ready players at his disposal, then it's mission accomplished.

The Australian coach has now called up 50 players since the start of 2015, including the Asian Cup, World Cup qualifiers and friendly dates.

He's handed out caps to 33, meaning the Socceroos have three ready-made teams to go as the next phase of qualifying looms.

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That number will swell over the next fortnight as Australia plays three friendlies; against England on Friday night (Saturday morning AEST) and Greece in Sydney and Melbourne next month.

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren and A-League winner Stefan Mauk could win their first caps in Sunderland and, on form, are very capable of maintaining a role in the Socceroos squad.

Overseas-based pair Milos Degenek and Brad Inman could also debut against England, with young full-backs Jason Geria and Alex Gersbach in the frame for debuts against Greece.

While the revitalisation of the Socceroos continues apace, Postecoglou doesn't have all 50 players at his disposal as Mark Bresciano has since retired.

Despite Bresciano's fine legacy, the midfielder has been replaced by Aaron Mooy in the starting team and the Melbourne City man hasn't missed a beat.

The same can't be said for every position.

Postecoglou is still looking for a stand-out candidate to assist Tim Cahill as striker and full-backs have failed to establish themselves.

But it's clear the Socceroos are in fine shape ahead for when the road to Russia resumes in September.

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