A-League form wins Roos call-ups for trio

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he simply couldn't ignore the form of Ruon Tongyik, Connor Metcalfe and Denis Genreau in this year's A-League.

The uncapped trio have all been named in Arnold's 31-man squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Kuwait, Taiwan, Nepal and Jordan next month - among a total of seven potential debutants.

Metcalfe is one of three Melbourne City players in the squad along with striker Jamie Maclaren and defender Curtis Good, reflecting the newly crowned premiers' dominance of this year's A-League.

Joining the 21-year-old is fellow Olyroo Denis Genreau, who has made 22 appearances for expansion club Macarthur in their maiden A-League campaign.

"Macarthur have done a great job with Denis ... he's got a lot of match minutes at Macarthur and is doing fantastic," Arnold said.

"I saw a lot in Connor, but it's taken (City coach) Patty Kisnorbo to give Connor a lot of belief and a lot of confidence. Who would have thought that he would have been captain of Melbourne City just two weeks ago?

"Connor has gone to a completely different level and from my past experiences in life, but also with the national teams, is when you put the young players in and around the experienced players you definitely can take them to another level."

The final uncapped A-League call-up is defender Ruon Tongyik who has been a key part of Central Coast's rise from wooden spooners to finals contenders.

At his fifth A-League club, Arnold said Tongyik was fully deserving of his call-up.

"Ruon, for me, this year has been the standout centre back in the A-League. He's been fantastic," Arnold said.

"He was three days too old for the Olympic team so what better way than to pay him back a little bit and reward him with his performances than to bring him into camp?

"These boys will get game time ... our focus is Kuwait but at the end of the day I expect by the time we get to Qatar, six or seven of these young boys are really banging on the door to be in that squad."

A former Australian under-23 representative, Tongyik nearly played for his native Sudan in 2019 but Arnold is thrilled to have the 24-year-old in his squad.

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