5 Australia players to watch out for at the World Cup this summer
Australia qualified for the World Cup in Russia this summer by beating Syria and Honduras in the qualifying rounds. They finished third in their group behind Japan and Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, to still get to the tournament is a great achievement for Australia in itself. Now they are there, they will be a surprise package and will not just be there to make up the numbers.
There is always one country who surprises everyone, and Australia is an excellent bet for being this year’s underdogs. In their group are France, Denmark and Peru. Here are five players for Australia this summer who you should keep an eye on:
Matthew Ryan, Brighton and Hove Albion
He has impressed this season in the Premier League for Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Ryan joined the newly promoted Seagulls last summer, having previously been at La Liga side Valencia. He struggled to nail down the first-team spot at the Spanish giants but has been in fine form for Brighton, undoubtedly, he'll be Australia’s number one at the World Cup and with this talented goalkeeper between the sticks; Australia’s defence will be comfortable knowing he is behind them. He has also proven himself to be a top penalty saver in the Premier League, which is always handy at a tournament.
Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town
The central midfielder is another Premier League star who is set to feature for Australia at the World Cup. Aaron Mooy is a key player for his country and was pivotal in their qualifying rounds. He plays for Huddersfield Town in the top flight, having previously played for Manchester City and Melbourne City. The 26-year-old is a very good technical player, can pick out a pass and breaks up play well for both club and country. He has the ability to be a key man for Australia for the foreseeable future.
Tom Rogic, Celtic
All good teams have strong attacking options and Australia are no exception. They have Tom Rogic in their ranks and he is another top player. The left-footed attacking midfielder is another good choice for them going forward and offers them a different attacking outlet. He plays in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and is hoping to use this World Cup as an opportunity to showcase his skills on the global stage. He has one year left on his contract with the Hoops and could be a target for many clubs if he impresses at the World Cup.
Jackson Irvine, Hull City
The central midfielder came out of nowhere for Australia having been outstanding for Burton Albion in the Championship last season. He scored 12 goals from midfield for them and this earned him a £2 million move to Hull City in August. He is expected to be at the World Cup this summer and will be a key player for Australia. The former Celtic and Ross County midfielder is a hard-working midfielder and offers an attacking threat too.
Tim Cahill, Millwall
The 38-year-old has been the face of Australian football for many years and it will be a great fairy tale to see him at the World Cup with his country. He moved back to Millwall to improve his chances of playing in Russia in June and he is one to keep an eye on. He still has the ability to score a goal and he is a key attacking threat for his country. He is good in the air and will be a handful for Australia’s opponents.