NEWS: Mooy and Mauk selected for respective national sides


Melbourne City FC’s Aaron Mooy has been selected for the Socceroos side to take on Japan in Osaka while Stefan Mauk has been picked for the Olyroos side to play in a four-nation tournament between Brazil, China and South Korea.

Aaron Mooy has been selected in the Socceroos 23-man squad to take on the Blue Samurai in Osaka on November 18 in preparation for January’s AFC Asian Cup.

Mooy received a call-up after his stellar start to the season and joins Matt McKay, Mitch Nichols, Terry Antonis and Robbie Kruse as the new faces from the side that faced the UAE and Qatar last month.

Mooy has made three appearances for the national side, scoring in all three matches against Guam, Chinese Taipei and China.

Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou is still finalising his squad in preparation for January’s competition, saying the door is still open to players performing well in the Hyundai A-League.

“The squad we’ve selected has a core group of players we have been working with over the last 12 months but it still gives an opportunity to a few more younger players who have started the season well in the A-League,” Postecoglou said.

“The Japan match is the final hit out before the Asian Cup and we’ll have a good week of training leading into the game so we can continue to work on what we’ve been trying to achieve before we take on a tough opponent in Japan.”

The Socceroos will head into camp on November 11 ahead of the match on November 18.

Stefan Mauk has also received a call-up to represent his country as the 19-year-old was selected in the Olyroos side to compete in a warm-up tournament.

Mauk has been a regular in Aurelio Vidmar’s set-up and will line up for the Under-22 side in a four-nation tournament during the international break.

The Olyroos will face the might of Brazil as well as China and South Korea as they prepare for the AFC Under-22 Championships that doubles as the Rio 2016 qualifiers.