Tactical shift: Aaron Mooy has been moved to the bench. Photo: AAPSocceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has made the shock decision to drop Aaron Mooy from the starting lineup for ‘s World Cup Qualifier against Syria on Tuesday night.
The only outfield player playing regularly in the English Premier League will start from the bench as part of a tactical reshuffle from Postecoglou.
It’s understood the Huddersfield Town midfielder had a very brief conversation with Postecoglou immediately after training on Monday where he was told that he was not in the starting team.
He will likely be replaced by Massimo Luongo or Jackson Irvine as one of the holding midfielders alongside captain Mark Milligan.
Tom Rogic is set to come into the starting team to play behind the striker which will likely be Tim Cahill.
Matt Leckie is set to drop from his forward role to right wing.
Postecoglou praised Rogic earlier this week.
“International football is tricky sometimes,” Postecoglou said. “It does come down to moments, and he’s [Rogic] certainly the kind of player who, in a key moment, can produce something special.
“From our perspective that’s a good weapon to have.”
Rogic’s thumping strike for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League against Ross County last month, which he added to in the Old Firm derby, is an encouraging indication the Canberra native could be the X-factor to help save ‘s World Cup fortunes.
“Tom has been pretty significant for us in recent times,” Postecoglou said. “He’s contributed with goals or assists and he’s maturing in the right way.
“From an international standpoint, it’s only really been in the last sort of 12 months that he’s come into more prominence.
“I expect him to become a more and more important player.”