GK: Matt Ryan- Australia
The Australian number one has made waves with his performances at Premier League side Brighton. He stands between the posts for this team because of his ability to start the play from behind with his distribution and will be an important asset to the Socceroos in Russia.
CB: Maya Yoshida
The Southampton man is one of the most solid defenders in Asia and has a made a name for himself playing for the Saints. He along Milligan will form a solid partnership at the back.
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CB: Mark Milligan- Australia
the versatile 30 years old Australian has tasted success with both club and country through his professional career. he is a big presence in the heart of the defence and his experience and versatility earn him a spot in the team.
This is why playing Mark Milligan in defence is an asset. With Bailey Wright or Matt Jurman, this situation is a disastrous turnover at worst, or a pass back to the keeper at best. Instead, it’s the catalyst for a counter-attack. #Socceroos pic.twitter.com/xNd8BV8Lip
— Evan Morgan Grahame (@Evan_M_G) June 1, 2018
RB: Hiroki Sakai- Japan
The right-back arrived in France in the 2016/17 season on a free transfer and quickly became a fan favorite in Marseille. his stellar performances on the right flank have earned him a starting place in this line-up.
LB: Nagamoto- Japan
The Japanese starlet comes with great experience and talent and the Blue Samurai will hope he is at his best, come Russia 2018.
CM: Shinji Kagawa- Japan
Japanese talisman is one of the best Asia has produced and the Samurai will hope that he comes good in Russia. his ability to pull the strings from the centre of the park is world renowned and his attacking abilities cannot be questioned. His experience also earns him the captains armband.
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LM: Aaron Mooy: Australia
The Aussie has made a big impact for Brighton in the Premier League and also has played a key Role during his country’s world cup qualification campaign. With the stability that Kagawa provides from the centre, Mooy will flourish having more freedom to express himself.
RM: Keisuke Honda: Japan
After showing great promise and being touted as the Japanese Ronaldo, the man didn’t deliver as expected. He’s been given an opportunity by the Japanese manager to prove his credentials and at a stage as big as the World Cup. there’s no doubt he has the talent and the experience, but it will surely take much more than that to perform well at such a grand stage.
RW: Alireza Jahanbhaksh: Iran
He’s been one of the finds of the Dutch league this season and has lived up to his name in the National colors. He’s almost on top of the goalscoring charts and has also mustered a lot of assists. all round he’s been an excellent player and is an excellent addition to this team.
LW: Sardar Azmoun: Iran
He is undoubtedly one of Asia’s biggest talents and will surely be one to watch out for in Russia.
— IranWire (@IranWireEnglish) June 8, 2018
The 23-year-old has shown time and time again that he can score goals at any stage: Russia, Asia, the Asian Cup, World Cup qualifiers and the UEFA Champions League. The striker is set to lead the line for Iran at the World Cup and has the capability to score all kinds of goals. It is no surprise that he has been linked with teams like Liverpool and it is only a matter of time before the big move comes.
ST: Son Hyung-Min: South Korea
The superstar is arguably the best player from Asia at the moment. The striker has been in great form for the past few seasons and hence it becomes vitally important for him to prove his credentials in the biggest stage of them all, to cement his status as an Asian legend. He will lead this teams front line with pace and excellent dribbling abilities.