Tue, Jun 5, 1:58pm by Staff Writer
Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk has trimmed his training squad and unveiled his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
James Troisi, Josh Brillante, Nikita Rukavytsya and Fran Karacic have left Socceroos training camp in Turkey after the Socceroos 4-0 win against the Czech Republic in Austria on Friday.
Tim Cahill has been selected for his fourth World Cup, where he will attempt to become just the fourth man to score at four World Cup tournaments.
Aston Villa and Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak will feature in his third World Cup, with former Melbourne Victory player Mark Milligan making his fourth World Cup squad.
Melbourne City defender Daniel Arzani was a shock inclusion in van Marwijk’s squad, given that the 19-year-old man his debut for City just months ago in his first match in the A-League.
He is now set to feature in the world’s biggest sporting event and may be the youngest player in the tournament.
Josh Risdon was superb at the NV Arena on Friday, pushing out Brillante and Karacic for the position of right-back.
The squad is light on experience, with national team veterans, Robbie Kruse, Tom Rogic and Trent Sainsbury three players who missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil through injury, but will be playing in Russia.
Jamie Maclaren is the feel-good story of the Socceroos after he was originally omitted from van Marwijk’s 32-man squad. Injury concerns regarding Tomi Juric’s knee meant he earned a place in the training squad and he has been selected as another attacking option for the Socceroos.
He joins Cahill, Juric and former Jets striker Andrew Nabbout up front.
Nabbout found the back of the net in Austria on Friday, where a Mathew Leckie brace and an own goal in the 80th minute gave the Socceroos a big victory.
The team has a friendly with Hungary in Budapest before their opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 16 against France in Kazan.
The Socceroos are massive outsiders to win the World Cup at $301. They are placed in group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark.
France are $1.17 favourites for their opening game against the Socceroos who are $15. The draw is paying $6.50 at Sportsbet.
Socceroos World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Mark Milligan, James Meredith, Josh Rison, Trent Sainsbury
Midfielders: Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedink, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic
Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mat Leckie, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos
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