Mile Jedinak, Jimmy Jeggo included in Australia squad to face Honduras
Ange Postecoglou has named a 25-man squad that will seal Australia's World Cup qualifying fate, and with it his legacy as Socceroos coach.
Returning skipper Mile Jedinak headlines three inclusions for next month's World Cup qualifying playoff with Honduras.
The 33-year-old's weekend runout with club Aston Villa was enough to earn him a seat on the plane to Central America, the last away trip on the road to Russia.
Jedinak is joined by Jimmy Jeggo and Alex Gersbach in the squad, which has been extended by two players to cover for the absence of Mark Milligan and Mathew Leckie.
Milligan and Leckie are suspended for the first leg, but will join the squad for the home tie in Sydney four days later.
Both Bailey Wright and Ryan McGowan -- a late inclusion for Wright after the first leg of the Syria playoff -- are also included.
Postecoglou has the option to cut his 25-man squad by two after the away leg, or to bring his entire group to Sydney and make a late call on availability. Australia can only name a bench of 12.
Mustafa Amini and injured defender Brad Smith are the only players called up for the Asian playoff success over Syria who won't be involved in this camp.
The five players trimmed from the 30-man squad named recently are goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, midfielder Amini and attacking trio Jamie Maclaren, Awer Mabil and Ajdin Hrustic.
Postecoglou said the extended squad was necessary due to the taxing inter-continental travel that lay ahead.
"It has been pleasing to see so many of our players performing strongly for their clubs domestically and abroad, and I believe that puts us in good stead for our upcoming playoff matches," he said.
"With two games in five days and extensive travel between the fixtures, every member of our squad will play an important role this November."
The squad will begin to arrive in San Pedro Sula on Sunday, Nov. 5 ahead of the match on Friday, Nov. 10.
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Levante, Spain), Mat Ryan (Brighton, England), Danny Vukovic (Genk, Belgium)
Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos, Japan), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Matthew Jurman (Suwon, South Korea), Ryan McGowan (Al Sharjah, UAE), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England)
Midfielders: Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Jackson Irvine (Hull City, England), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Massimo Luongo (QPR, England), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)*, Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)
Attackers: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany)*, Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel)
* Milligan and Leckie are suspended for the away leg.