The Socceroos are hoping to find some form in a preview of their do-or-die World Cup qualifier, facing Jordan in a friendly on Thursday morning (4am AEST).
The match is being played in the same city as next Wednesday’s clash with UAE, at Doha’s Al Janoub Stadium.
The UAE drew 1-1 with Gambia in their own recent friendly.
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The match will be a valuable opportunity for Graham Arnold to figure out who replaces Celtic star Tom Rogic up forward, after he withdrew from the squad due to “personal reasons”.
“We don’t want to send them into a four-week window of not having any match minutes at all so the starting XI against Jordan will be based around players that haven’t played for probably three weeks or more. They need minutes in their legs,” Arnold said.
The Socceroos must defeat UAE next week to earn a one-off qualifying match against Peru, with the winner of that fixture to earn a spot in Group D at the 2022 World Cup, joining France, Denmark and Tunisia.
Central Coast Mariners back Kye Rowles – the only left-footed central defender in the squad – was handed his debut in a new-look starting line-up for Australia.
Aaron Mooy started on his 50th international cap in his first competitive match since January.
Jason Davidson was playing for the first time since January 2015,
Australia starting XI (4-2-3-1): Ryan – Karacic, Wright, Rowles, Davidson – Dougall, Mooy, McGree – Mabil, D’Agostino, Goodwin.
Nathaniel Atkinson, Aziz Behich, Martin Boyle, Nicholas D’Agostino, Jason Davidson, Milos Degenek, Kenny Dougall, Mitchell Duke, Denis Genreau, Craig Goodwin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Fran Karacic, Joel King, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Redmayne (GK), Kye Rowles, Mat Ryan (GK), Trent Sainsbury, Gianni Stensness, Adam Taggart, Marco Tilio, Danny Vukovic (GK), Bailey Wright
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