News | Five former stars make Socceroos

Five famed former Central Coast Mariners players have today been named in Ange Postecoglou’s provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Five famed former Central Coast Mariners players have today been named in Ange Postecoglou-s provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Mathew Ryan (Club Brugge), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Oliver Bozanic (FC Lucerne) and Tom Rogic (Melbourne Victory on loan from Glasgow Celtic FC) are all in contention to head to South America as part of the Socceroos squad for Australia-s fourth appearance at the FIFA World Cup Finals.

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss said that everyone involved with the Club ought to be excited for Ryan, Jedinak, Wilkinson, Bozanic and Rogic.

“To have five key former players involved with one of the most anticipated FIFA World Cups in history is something all our fans ought to be extremely proud of,” Moss said.

“I know everyone involved with the Mariners will be glued to their televisions, football websites and reading newspapers throughout the competition as they track the progress of our boys and Australia-s national team.”

“On behalf of the Club I-d like to wish Mat, Mile, Alex, Oli and Tom the best of luck during the pre-tournament camps and the tournament itself should they make Ange-s final 23 player squad,” Moss concluded.

The Socceroos - minus Ryan who has two matches left to play with Club Brugge as they vie for the Belgian Pro League title - will take part in a training camp on the Central Coast from 16 to 22 May.

Local football fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia-s top players before they jet from Sydney to the land of the samba this Sunday 18 May at an open training session and fan day at Central Coast Stadium. The fan day will commence at 10:00am.

Postecoglou-s squad will take on South Africa, or Bafana Bafana, in their farewell match on Monday 26 May. Kick-off at ANZ Stadium is at 7:30pm, with tickets to see the Socceroos- final match on home soil prior to their 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B assault available via Ticketek.