Bunbury soccer star Josh Risdon has been named in a 23-player squad for an upcoming international friendly match against England on Friday, May 27 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England.
The local talent who shone in 2015-16 for the Perth Glory, has previously played two games for the national side and has been rewarded for his consistency by Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou.
Nine changes, including Risdon, were made to the squad that defeated Tajikistan and Jordan in March with four players receiving their inaugural call-up.
“As an Australian, it is always a special event when we face England in any sport, probably more so with football,” Postecoglou said.
“England is obviously a quality team and will be good challenge for us especially away from home.
“I think it is constantly important that we test ourselves against the best and always against different types of opposition.
“Having come off the back of the first stage of qualifying against Asian opposition, it will be good to face up to something different and see how we are tracking with our progression.
“Ultimately we want to qualify for a World Cup, but we also want to know our game style and game plan will stand up against the very best.”
Risdon has already represented Australia in FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Jordan and Bangladesh.
The current England squad features a number of the game’s superstars including Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
The news of Risdon’s selection comes a fortnight after he was named in the Professional Footballers Australia Team of the 2015/16 season.
The match will take place at 2.45am AWST on May 27 and be broadcast exclusively on Fox Sports.
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