Date: 2nd June 2008 at 2:28pm
Written by:

Colchester United defender Chris Coyne has been named in Australia’s 26-man squad for their upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Iraq and Qatar.

Coyne was on the bench for yesterday’s opening qualifier against Iraq, where a Harry Kewell goal earned the Socceroos a 1-0 win. The former Luton Town man was initially named in coach Pim Verbeek’s 35-man squad but impressed enough to make the cut for the latest squad.

Australia’s 26-man squad is as follows: Michael Beauchamp (FC Nurnberg, Germany), Mark Bresciano (US Citta di Palermo, Italy), Nick Carle (Bristol City FC, England), David Carney (Sheffield United FC, England), Ante Covic (Newcastle Jets, Australia), CHRIS COYNE (COLCHESTER UNITED FC, ENGLAND), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Bruce Djite (Adelaide United FC, Australia), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England), Vince Grella (Torino FC Spa, Italy), James Holland (Newcastle Jets, Australia), Brett Holman (NEC Nijmegen, Holland), Mile Jedinak (Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia), Harry Kewell (Liverpool FC, England), Scott McDonald (Celtic FC, Scotland), Jade North (Newcastle Jets, Australia), Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor, Turkey), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham FC, England), Matthew Spiranovic (FC Nurnberg, Germany), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Perth Glory FC, Australia), James Troisi (Newcastle United FC, England), Carl Valeri (US Grosseto FC, Italy), Rodrigo Vargas (Melbourne Victory FC, Australia), Luke Wilkshire (FC Twente, Holland), Ruben Zadkovich (Derby County FC, England)

Vital Colchester would like to wish Chris all the best for Australia’s upcoming games.