SYDNEY — Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has boosted his attacking strength with the recall of Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic, Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse and Queens Park Rangers' Massimo Luongo for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.
Rogic is recalled to the 23-man Australia squad named Wednesday after an absence of 15 months, while Asian Cup stars Luongo and Kruse rejoin the side after missing May's qualifier against Kyrgyzstan with injuries.
Australia hosts Bangladesh in Perth on Sep. 3 before traveling to Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Sep. 8. Australia has never played Bangladesh or Tajikistan at full international level.
"It's a positive that we've been able to recall Massimo, Robbie and Tom Rogic after they missed recent matches, and they add attacking options to the squad," Postecoglou said.
"We started the World Cup qualification process with a win against Kyrgyzstan in tough conditions and now we have to continue that in front of our own fans in Perth and then on another tricky away trip to Dushanbe," he added.
Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Jason Davidson (Huddersfield Town), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Ryan McGowan (Dundee United), Matthew Spiranovic (Hangzhou Greentown), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Bailey Wright (Preston North End).
Midfield: Jackson Irvine (Ross County), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City), Tom Rogic (Celtic).