Despite speculation about how heavily he’ll feature in Australia’s World Cup campaign, Tim Cahill has made the cut for Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad.
19-year-old rising star Daniel Arzani has also been named in the squad to go to Russia, alongside 21-year-old Fran Karacic as a notable bolter.
Lawrence Thomas appears to have been unlucky to miss out on inclusion given the high praise he drew throughout Melbourne Victory’s A-League finals series.
The current squad features all 26 of the players that Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk picked for friendlies in Europe earlier this year, plus some new faces.
It will be cut back down to 26 players next week before the team travels to Turkey for a pre-world cup training camp.
“I am not a person who changes all the time and we thought for a long time about the first squad that we selected,” said van Marwijk.
“I had a good experience with the 26 players in the ten days that I worked with them, so I had no reason not to nominate them again. But we have since seen other players so there will be a few new names in the squad.”
Australia will play friendlies against Czech Republic and Hungary before the world cup begins in June, where the side is fixtured against France, Denmark and Peru.
|Name||Club, Country||A-International Caps (Goals)|
|Daniel Arzani||Melbourne City FC, Australia||0 (0)|
|Aziz Behich||Bursaspor, Turkey||21 (2)|
|Joshua Brillane||Sydney FC, Australia||5 (0)|
|Tim Cahill||Millwall FC, England||105 (50)|
|Milos Degenek||Yokohama F Marinos, Japan||17 (0)|
|Alex Gersbach||Racing Club de Lens, France||4 (0)|
|Apostolos Giannou||AEK Larnaca, Cyrpus||5 (0)|
|Jackson Irvine||Hull City AFC, England||17 (2)|
|Mile Jedinak||Aston Villa FC, England||75 (18)|
|Brad Jones (Gk)||Feyenoord Rotterdam, Netherlands||5 (0)|
|Tomi Juric||FC Luzern, Switzerland||34 (8)|
|Matthew Jurman||Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Korea Republic||4 (0)|
|Fran Karacic||NK Lokomotiva, Croatia||0 (0)|
|Robbie Kruse||VfL Bochum, Germany||62 (5)|
|Mitchell Langerak (Gk)||Nagoya Grampus, Japan||8 (0)|
|Mathew Leckie||Hertha BSC, Germany||51 (6)|
|Massimo Luongo||Queens Park Rangers FC, England||34 (5)|
|Jamie Maclaren||Hibernian FC, Scotland||5 (0)|
|James Meredith||Millwall FC, England||2 (0)|
|Mark Milligan||Al Ahli SC, Saudi Arabia||66 (6)|
|Aaron Mooy||Huddersfield Town AFC, England||32 (5)|
|Andrew Nabbout||Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan||2 (0)|
|Dimitri Petratos||Newcastle Jets, Australia||1 (0)|
|Josh Risdon||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia||6 (0)|
|Tom Rogic||Celtic FC, Scotland||35 (7)|
|Nikita Rukavytsya||Maccabi Haifa FC, Israel||18 (1)|
|Mathew Ryan (Gk)||Brighton & Hove Albion FC, England||42 (0)|
|Trent Sainsbury||Grasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland||33 (3)|
|Aleksandar Susnjar||FK Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic||1 (0)|
|James Troisi||Melbourne Victory, Australia||37 (5)|
|Daniel Vukovic (Gk)||KRC Genk, Belgium||1 (0)|
|Bailey Wright||Bristol City FC, England||22 (1)|