Newcastle Jets striker Adam Taggart gets World Cup call-up

IN: Adam Taggart.
IN: Adam Taggart.

NEWCASTLE Jets striker Adam Taggart has been named in the Socceroos' final 23-man World Cup squad.

Taggart is the first Jets player to be selected for a World Cup.

He was expected to miss out, but Josh Kennedy's omission due to a back injury left the door wide open.

Taggart spent Monday, June 2, in the Socceroos' warm-up match against Brazilian division two side Parana Clube in place of the injured Kennedy.

Scoring in the 2-0 victory, he impressed coach Ange Postecoglou.

Taggart was one of seven A-League players to make the cut.

There was no room for Newcastle teammates Mark Birighitti and Josh Brilliante, who were both cut from the preliminary 30-man squad.

The Socceroos start Group B against Chile on Sunday, June 14, before matches against Holland on June 19 and Spain on June 24.


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