Graham Arnold praises Josh Nisbet’s call-up for Socceroos squad

Socceroos boss Arnold praises Central Coast Mariners’ Josh Nisbet ahead of FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifier

Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold has praised Central Coast Mariners’ Josh Nisbet ahead of Australia’s 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup qualifier against Lebanon. Nisbet has earned his first senior international call-up, stepping in for the injured Lewis Miller. The 24-year-old midfielder, known for his leadership on the field, has been rewarded for his impressive domestic form, recording seven assists and two goals in the league. Arnold commended Nisbet for his intelligence, game reading ability, and technical skills, emphasizing his potential for growth. Nisbet’s call-up adds to a list of Isuzu UTE A-League players in the squad, including Adam Taggart, Bruno Fornaroli, and Brandon Borrello.

Central Coast Mariners have a history of producing talent, with current Socceroos captain Mat Ryan rising through their ranks before moving to Europe in 2013. Ryan highlighted the welcoming atmosphere within the national team set-up and expressed confidence in Nisbet’s abilities, describing him as a genuine and down-to-earth player determined to contribute to the team’s success. As Nisbet gets ready to make his mark on the international stage, Ryan advised him to seize the opportunity and believe in his potential.

Nisbet’s journey from the Mariners to the Socceroos exemplifies the pathway available for talented players in the Australian football landscape. With his impressive performances earning him a spot in the national team, Nisbet’s inclusion highlights the growing influence of the A-League in developing top-tier players. As Australia prepares to face Lebanon in their upcoming qualifiers, Nisbet’s presence adds depth to the squad and underscores the commitment to nurturing homegrown talent on the path to international success.

Denis Hardin

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