Luongo set for big Socceroos qualifiers

QPR’s Massimo Luongo has been named in Australia’s final 23-man squad for two World Cup qualifiers.

Luongo has been selected by the Socceroos for matches against Japan and Thailand as they bid to make 2018 finals in Russia.

The R’s midfielder will travel to Japan’s Saitama Stadium on 31st August (11:35am BST) before heading to Melbourne on 5th September (11:00am BST) for their second fixture against Thailand.

They are two big games for the Aussie’s who are currently third in Group B, one point behind leaders Japan and separated by goal difference with second placed Saudi Arabia.

The top two sides after he final round of matches on 5th September will automatically qualify for the finals in Russia next year, whilst the third placed team face another round of qualification.