PAINFUL MEMORY: Robbie Kruse is taken off with an Achille injury in the Asian Cup final.
PAINFUL MEMORY: Robbie Kruse is taken off with an Achille injury in the Asian Cup final. Robert Cianflonegetty Images

Kruse ready to fire again for Socceroos

Robbie Kruse is ready to resurrect his international career after being picked in the Socceroos' squad for coming World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan.

The key forward has been hit by a raft of injuries in recent years.

He missed the second half of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season with Bayer Leverkusen after injuring his Achilles in the Socceroos' Asian Cup final win over the Korea Republic in January last year.

The club then loaned the 27-year-old to rivals Stuttgart at the start of the 2015-16 season, but that stint was cut short after just three appearances because of a toe injury, with Kruse returning to Bayer Leverkusen last month.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou also recalled fellow experienced players Matthew Spiranovic and Mitch Langerak, for the games on March 24 (against Tajikistan at Adelaide Oval) and March 29 (against Jordan at Allianz Stadium).

Postecoglou made nine changes to the squad that defeated Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh last November.

Uncapped players Jason Geria, Alex Gersbach and Apostolos Giannou could get their first opportunity, while Brad Smith, Chris Ikonomidis and Terry Antonis have been recalled.

"It's great to be able to bring experienced players like Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak and Matthew Spiranovic back into the squad after missing recent matches," Postecoglou said.

"But it is equally exciting to see how a fresh crop of young players can fit into how we train and what we are trying to achieve.

"We've worked hard on creating depth over the last two years and we now have a very solid and experienced spine to this team.

"But we must also continually give players an opportunity if we want to make an impact on the world stage."

The Socceroos go into the final two matches in this stage of World Cup qualifiers on top of Group B.

They will progress to the next round if they finish on top of the Group, or finish as one of the best four second-placed teams from the eight groups.

"The primary focus for us is to make sure we continue to play our brand of football that will deliver short term success, while building towards the bigger picture," Postecoglou said.

 

 

Socceroos: Terry Antonis, Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, Adam Federici, Jason Geria, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Chris Ikonomidis, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Matthew Spiranovic, Bailey Wright.


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