Massimo Luongo.
In-form Ipswich Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has earned his first Socceroos call-up since 2019. Image by Albert Perez/AAP PHOTOS
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Luongo called up to end four-year Socceroos absence

Anna Harrington October 5, 2023

Midfielder Massimo Luongo will return to the Socceroos fold for the first time in more than four years after being named in Graham Arnold’s squad to face England and New Zealand.

Luongo, once a Socceroos regular and the 2015 Asian Cup player of the tournament, was last selected for the World Cup qualifier against Nepal in October 2019, but withdrew due to injury.

He most recently played for the national team in January 2019, coming off the bench in extra time of the Asian Cup round-of-16 win over Uzbekistan.

But the 31-year-old’s stellar form with Ipswich Town, who are battling at the top of England’s second-tier Championship, made him impossible to overlook, alongside clubmate Cam Burgess.

Australia play England at Wembley on October 14 before facing New Zealand for the ‘Soccer Ashes’ at Brentford four days later, as they prepare for November’s World Cup qualifiers and January’s Asian Cup.

“We’ve played some quality opposition in recent months, and I’ve been happy with how we’re building towards what’s an important period,” Arnold said.

“This period (post Qatar World Cup) has always been geared towards those outcomes, as we refine the system and style of play that will carry us through the Asian Cup and World Cup qualification. 

“It’s fitting this work culminates in what will be an amazing occasion at Wembley, as well as the opportunity to face New Zealand as we play for one of the earliest trophies in Socceroos’ history.

“This squad, along with those players selected in previous windows, are an important part of our journey into 2024 and beyond.”

Midfielder Jackson Irvine has quickly recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against Mexico, while left-back Jordy Bos returns from appendicitis.

With Nathaniel Atkinson (ankle) injured, Hibernian right-back Lewis Miller has earned his first call-up after impressing in Scotland under former Central Coast boss Nick Montgomery.

In attack, Awer Mabil returns after settling in at Swiss Super League club Grasshoppers. 

Brandon Borrello, Aziz Behich and Andrew Redmayne are the only A-League Men players selected, with Melbourne City’s Mathew Leckie sidelined through injury

Craig Goodwin returns after a goal-studded start to life in Saudi Arabia.

Exciting youngsters Mohamed Toure (Paris FC), Alex Robertson (Portsmouth) and Patrick Yazbek (Viking FK) join the squad as train-on players.

Cammy Devlin, Denis Genreau, Aiden O’Neill, Nick D’Agostino and goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer drop out.


Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (capt), Tom Glover, Andrew Redmayne

Defenders: Aziz Behich, Jordy Bos, Cameron Burgess, Alessandro Circati*, Milos Degenek, Lewis Miller*, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Ryan Strain

Midfielders: Keanu Baccus, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Riley McGree, Connor Metcalfe

Forwards: Brandon Borrello, Martin Boyle, Mitch Duke, Craig Goodwin, Awer Mabil, Sam Silvera

(*Denotes uncapped)