Australia call up Portsmouth striker for World Cup qualifiers

Portsmouth striker Kusini Yengi earned his first Australia call-up on Thursday as Socceroos coach Graham Arnold looks to make a fast start to qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Arnold named a largely unchanged 23-man squad for matches against Bangladesh next Thursday in Melbourne before facing Palestine in Kuwait on November 21.

The 24-year-old Yengi comes in to add to Australia’s goal threat, having scored five times in nine appearances for Portsmouth, who play in England’s third tier. Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer is another uncapped player who got the nod from Arnold.

“It’s important that we build and maintain a momentum that will see us be successful throughout this campaign and beyond,” said Arnold, who took Australia to the last 16 of the Qatar World Cup, where they lost 2-1 to eventual champions Argentina.

“We’re all really looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd. The connection we have with our fans and the energy and support they bring is a huge driver for us,” he added. I know the players can’t wait. Lebanon are the other team in Group I of the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Source: Supersport

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