‘A-League In Form XI’ that could beat Honduras

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With faith in the Socceroos’ ability being questioned lately, could this A-League XI provide fans greater hope of leading Australia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

GOALKEEPER: Vedran Janjetovic (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Has made the most saves in the league this season with 28. A testament to Janjetovic’s shot-stopping ability which will be valuable if the Hondurans carve out a few decent chances.

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RIGHT BACK: Luke Wilkshire (Sydney FC)
Slightly controversial given the defender’s age and history with the Socceroos. The 36-year-old has turned back the clock, is in remarkable form for the Sky Blues and deserves a spot in the squad.

CENTRE BACK: Bart Schenkeveld (Melbourne City)
Gets up for the big games and isn’t afraid to dig in to do the dirty work. Schenkeveld has played in every minute of City’s league season, conceding just three goals.

CENTRE BACK: Iacopo La Rocca (Melbourne City)
Whilst there are a number of good options for this spot it would be foolish to split up the A-League’s best defensive pairing.

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LEFT BACK: Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United)
A future Socceroo who has sparked interest from a number of clubs around Europe. The 22-year-old exudes experience beyond his years and will pose an attacking threat while providing solid cover at the back.

RIGHT MID: Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)
Has been a huge part of the reason for Newcastle’s brilliant early season form. His link up with Roy O’Donovan is deadly for the Jets and we’ll hope to see them link up to bring down Honduras.

CENTRE MID: Kearyn Baccus (Western Sydney Wanderers)
The heartbeat of the Wanderers’ midfield and has been earmarked as a future Socceroo.Would bring solidity to a midfield with a lot of attacking-minded players.

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CENTRE MID: Ben Kantarovski (Newcastle Jets)
An injury-free Kantarovski is truly proving his worth in Newcastle this season. Defensively sound and even popping up with a couple of goals, his work-rate will prove invaluable.

LEFT MID: Leroy George (Melbourne Victory)
A bright spark in Victory’s dismal start to the season with two goals and three assists. With George and Petratos providing service for the front two scoring goals shouldn’t be a problem.

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STRIKER: Roy O’Donovan (Newcastle Jets)
Leads his Jets side with pace and an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. Could be the man to unlock the Honduran defence who would struggle to keep up with the league’s leading scorer.

STRIKER: Ross McCormack (Melbourne City)
The Aston Villa loanee has been an instant hit knocking in four goals in six games.Will create an experienced partnership with O’Donovan who drags defenders all over the pitch giving the Scotsman more space to exploit.

SUBS: Paul Izzo, Alan Baro, Vujica, Milos Ninkovic, Diego Castro, Andrew Nabbout, Roy Krishna

Coach: Ernie Merrick

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Michael Cook
Michael Cook
Living and studying in Newcastle. Pretty obsessed with football. Newcastle Jets and Chelsea FC fan

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