Sport

Roar talent ready to storm field with strong Socceroos squad

BRISBANE Roar defenders Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic are among eight players in line for a Socceroos debut after coach Holger Osieck named his 20-man squad for next week's East Asian Cup qualifying tournament.

English-born Smith, who recently qualified to play for his adopted country, and Franjic will join Terry Antonis, Dino Djulbic, Michael Marrone, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan and Adam Taggart as potential debutants.

Five players named in Osieck's original 25-man squad did not make the final cut.

Dario Vidosic succumbed to a knee problem, while Rostyn Griffiths and Luke Wilkshire were also ruled out due to injury.

Ben Halloran and Osama Malik were not selected.

The Socceroos were due to fly to Hong Kong today and will play their first match of the tournament against Hong Kong on Monday (7.50pm AEST).

They then take on North Korea on Wednesday, Guam on Friday and Taiwan next Sunday.

The East Asian Cup will be held in Seoul, South Korea, from July 20-28 next year.

Topics:  brisbane roar, east asian cup, football, holger osieck, soccer, socceroos




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

10 things to remember when you move out of a rental property

Here are some useful tips for people moving out of rental properties

Warwick vet pleads 'stop risking our lives'

IMMUNITY BOOST: Warwick vet Chris Reardon welcomed the extension of the hendra virus vaccine to 12 months after three doses following extensive lab testing (pictured with Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott).

Vets welcome hendra vaccine extension

Warwick bookworms mark Lifeline Bookfest as a must

Lifeline volunteers Melissa Parker and Veronica Betts browse through some of the books that will be sold at the Daily News Lifeline Warwick Bookfest this weekend.

Lifeline Bookfest coming to Warwick

Latest deals and offers


She’ll be apples in Stanthorpe as festival kicks off

Jonathan Apple, festival president John Thouard, former Young Ambassadors Miriam Spina and Taylah Wantling and Isabella Grape welcomed the start of the 2016 Festival.

It’s a great start for the 10 days of festival ahead'

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago