The Socceroos play their last match on home soil before heading to the World Cup in Brazil with a farewell match against South Africa tonight at ANZ Stadium. With the final 23 man squad still to be finalised, this game represents the last chance for some players to book their spot on the plane, and gives fans a chance to show their support for the team before they leave for South America.
No risks will be taken with those carrying knocks and niggles, so newly appointed skipper Mile Jedinak will watch on from the stands and Tim Cahill will lead out the side in his place. It will be a special night for a player who grew up playing in Sydney’s suburbs to lead out the national side at a World Cup farewell match in his home city.
Another player struggling with injury is Tom Rogic. His situation is far more complicated than that of Jedinak as Rogic was troubled by the injury throughout his loan spell at Melbourne Victory. As a result, he has played little football since departing the A-League in early 2013, and Ange Postecoglou may need some convincing to name him in the final 23 man squad for Brazil.
The South African side that runs out at ANZ Stadium will be one that is missing a number of regulars. With no World Cup to prepare for many have taken the decision not to make the journey, leaving an opportunity for a number of young players to make their mark at international level.
Public transport to and from ANZ Stadium is included with all pre-purchased tickets. Fans who arrive early will be entertained by Samantha Jade, and will also get to pay recognition to retiring Socceroos including Mark Schwarzer.
Monday 26th May, ANZ Stadium Homebush
Australia v South Africa