Not one to leave preparation to chance, Graham Arnold has gone far and wide to assemble 31 players from 14 different parts of the world to restart the campaign toward Qatar 2022.
If there is indeed a Qatar 2022, and not a Qatar 2023, a rumour that won’t go away.
A-League clubs might be miffed as to why certain players need to be part of a group this large, however it shouldn’t be a surprise. These FIFA dates were always going to be utilized. The AFC has to get moving with qualifying. Arnold has to pick a group of players to build a team for the next phase which will be daunting.
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The A-League could have started this campaign earlier but chose to go late December. A few border closures thrown in and now…