Australia’s World Cup squad: Newcastle-linked teenager Garang Kuol called up with former Scotland international Jason Cummings included | Soccer News


Teenager Garang Kuol, who will join Newcastle in January, and former Scotland international Jason Cummings have been named in Australia’s 26-man World Cup squad, but experienced defender Trent Sainsbury is a surprise omission.

Kuol, an 18-year-old Central Coast Mariners striker, is yet to start a senior game but his pace and eye for goal led the Premier League club to agree a deal in September.

He played once for Australia, against New Zealand two months ago, and Socceroos manager Graham Arnold hopes the youngster’s energy can be a weapon for his side in Qatar.

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Kuol in action against Barcelona for the A-League Allstars in May

“The kid just needs to be himself,” Arnold said. “Garang has shown how he can change a game. He has no fear and he wants to entertain.”

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Kuol’s Mariners team-mate and Edinburgh-born striker Cummings, who played twice for Scotland but qualified for the Australians through his mother, has scored goals throughout his career and found the target on his Australian debut.

He joins seven Scottish Premiership-based players in Arnold’s squad, including Dundee United full-back Aziz Behich, Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy, Hearts trio Nathaniel Atkinson, Cameron Devlin and Kye Rowles, l Hibernian winger Martin Boyle and St Mirren midfielder Keanu Baccus.

Arnold named 17 players who will play in their first World Cup, but there was no room for centre-back Sainsbury, who has been a mainstay in their defense since winning the Asian Cup in 2015.

“He hasn’t played for several weeks,” Arnold said. “Overall, I went with players like Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, who did exceptionally well and continue to do well. A tough decision to make.

“These are risks, but that’s what it’s all about. I’ve taken risks before and I will again.”

Australia begin their World Cup campaign in Group D against France on November 22 before facing Tunisia four days later and Denmark on November 30.

Australia’s full World Cup squad

Guardians: Mathew Ryan (FC Copenhagen), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Danny Vukovic (Central Coast Mariners)

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Dundee United), Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Thomas Deng (Aibirex Niigata), Joel King (Odense Boldklub), Nathaniel Atkinson (Hearts), Fran Karacic (Brescia), Harry Souttar (Stoke City), Kye Rowles ( Hearts), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United)

Midfielders: Aaron Mooy (Celtic), Jackson Irvine (St Pauli), Ajdin Hrustic (Hellas Verona), Bailey Wright (Sunderland), Cameron Devlin (Hearts), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren)

Forwards: Awer Mabil (Cadiz), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Martin Boyle (Hibernian), James Maclaren (Melbourne City), Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners), Mitchell Duke (Fagiano Okayama), Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)

Australia World Cup Group D schedule

All GMT Kickoffs

France vs Australia – November 22, kick-off 7 p.m.

Tunisia vs Australia – November 26, kick-off 10 a.m.

Australia vs Denmark – November kick-off at 3 p.m.




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