Australia World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds


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Australia qualified for Qatar 2022 by the narrowest of margins, beating Peru 5-4 on penalties to reach their fifth straight World Cup.

This will be the men's team's sixth appearance at the World Cup and they go into the tournament ranked 38th in the world, in the latest Fifa rankings. 

The side is under the watch of Graham Arnold, the former Sydney FC coach who holds several records in Australia's top-flight A-League, including the second most wins in the competition's history and the best career winning percentage and unbeaten percentage. 

Australia are champion of two confederations, having won the OFC Nations Cup four times between 1980 and 2004, as well as the AFC Asian Cup in 2015. 

Their spell in the Middle East will feature two familiar rivals, Denmark and France, who were also drawn in their group at Russia 2018 and proved better. 

During their final warm-up matches, they beat neighbours New Zealand 1-0 and 2-0.

Australia World Cup 2022 squad

World Cup squads are usually announced around six weeks before the World Cup starts. This year the World Cup will run from November 20 to December 18.

While the final squad has not been announced, here's who played in their September international friendlies versus New Zealand. 

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Copenhagen), Andrew Redmayne (Sydney FC), Mitchell Degenek (Nagoya Grampus).

Defenders: Milos Degenek (Columbus Crew), Fran Karacic (Brescia), Nathanial Atkinson (Hearts), Bailey Wright (Sunderland), Aziz Behich (Dundee United), Ryan Strain (St Mirren), Trent Sainsbury (Al-Wakrah), Harrison Delbridge (Incheon United), Joel King (OB), Thomas Deng (Albirex Niigata).

Midfielders: Denis Genreau (Toulouse), Ajdin Hrustic (Verona), Aaron Mooy (Celtic), Riley McGree (Middlesbrough), Jackson Irvine (St. Pauli), Connor Metcalfe (St Pauli), Keanu Baccus (St Mirren), Cameron Devlin (Hearts), Tyrese Francois (Gorica).

Forwards: Martin Boyle (Hibernian), Mathew Leckie (Melbourne City), Jamie Maclaren (Melbourne City), Awer Mabil (Cadiz), Mitchell Duke (Fagiano Okayama), Marco Tilio (Melbourne City), Jason Cummings (Central Coast Mariners), Adam Taggart (Cerezo Osaka).

Who are likely to be the star names in the squad?

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan is one of a handful of the squad with Premier League experience, having made over 100 appearances for Brighton before joining Arsenal briefly on loan. He is now at FC Copenhagen in Denmark.

The 30-year-old has played at both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, so arrives in Qatar with plenty of experience. 

What are Australia's fixtures?

Australia are in Group D alongside France, Denmark and Tunisia. 

Nov 22: France vs Australia, Al Janoub Stadium, 7pm.

Nov 26: Tunisia vs Australia, Al Janoub Stadium, 10am. 

Nov 30: Australia vs Denmark, Al Janoub Stadium, 3pm. 

See the full list of World Cup 2022 fixtures.

What is Australia's World Cup record?

Australia have competed at the FIFA World Cup on six occasions, in 1974 and from 2006 to 2022. 

In all but one of their outings at the tournament, they have failed to progress beyond the group stage, with the one exception of 2006 when they placed 16th in the round of 16. 

The Socceroos qualified for this year's edition via June's intercontinental play-offs, defeating Peru on penalties, meaning they only just scraped their way in. 

Latest odds

Australia are currently 250/1 to win the World Cup 2022.

The leading contenders...
  • Brazil 4/1
  • France 6/1
  • Argentina 7/1
  • England 7/1
  • Spain 8/1
  • Odds correct as of October 24

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