SYDNEY (AP) — Australia captain Mile Jedinak and 71-cap veteran Tim Cahill were among 12 members of the country's World Cup squad named Thursday by coach Ange Postecoglou for matches against Belgium and Saudi Arabia in September.
The 20-man squad contained four uncapped players — Brad Smith, Chris Herd, Trent Sainsbury and Bailey Wright — as well as young A-League players Terry Antonis and Tomi Juric.
Smith made his English Premier League debut last season for Liverpool but is now on loan to Swindon Town in League One. Born in Australia to English parents, he was eligible to represent either country.
But after playing for England at the under-17 and under-21 levels, the 20-year-old defender confirmed he will play for Australia. Postecoglou said the necessary paperwork has been lodged with FIFA to make the switch.
"I wouldn't force anyone to play for our country. I don't think that's how it goes," Postecoglou said. "He's very keen to represent his country and we want to give him an opportunity to do that."
Postecoglou said injuries ruled out Rhys Williams, Curtis Good, Tom Rogic, Matthew Spiranovic, Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic. He said veterans Mark Bresciano and Josh Kennedy could play in matches in October and November ahead of next year's Asian Cup in Australia.
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