In Australia’s most crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier, the Socceroos travel to Japan to take on their arch nemesis. Australia desperately needs to leave the Land Of The Rising Sun with points; whether that’s through victory or a draw. The Aussies sit in a vulnerable position on the Group B ladder in third position on goal differential behind Saudi Arabia while the Japanese occupy prime position.
Interestingly Australia remains the only unbeaten team in their pool while Japan has only been beaten once. But on the flipside to that, the Socceroos have won just four of their eight matches so far, meaning a win would come at the best possible time and almost guarantee them involved in Russia next year.
Thursday, August 31, 8:35pm (AEST) @ Saitama Stadium, Midori-ku, Saitama
SOCCEROOS SQUAD: Ryan, Langerak, Vukovic, Smith, Wright, Ryan McGowan, Sainsbury, Behich, Degenek, Spiranovic, Dylan McGowan, Mooy, Milligan, Luongo, Rogic, Irvine, Hrustic, Troisi, Leckie, Krue, Cahill, Maclaren, Juric, Amini, Gersbach, Mabil.