The 23 men who will take part in Australia's fifth World Cup range in age from 19 to 3803 June 2018 | FT Editor
The 23 men to travel to Russia was announced early on Sunday with the headlines being the youngest, Daniel Arzani, and the oldest, Tim Cahill, included along with the player drafted-in at the last minute, Jamie Maclaren.
The players to miss out are Josh Brillante, Fran Karacic, Nikita Rukavytsya and James Troisi.
Of the 23, three are A-League players: Arzani (Melbourne City), Dimi Petratos (Newcastle Jets) and Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers). Cahill will play at his fourth consecutive World Cup, along with Mark Milligan.
“I have been very pleased with the effort and application of all of the players during our time in Turkey, and in Austria,” said the Socceroos coach, Bert van Marwijk.
“Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have all given everything to make the final selection.
“However considering many factors, we have now settled on our final squad for Russia. I believe this group of players can do Australia proud at the world’s biggest football tournament if we continue to work collectively and intensively over the next two weeks and into the competition,” he said.
The squad features three goalkeepers (a FIFA requirement), seven defenders, six midfielders, and seven attackers.
|Daniel Arzani||Melbourne City||1 (0)|
|Aziz Behich||Bursaspor, Turkey||22 (2)|
|Tim Cahill||-||105 (50)|
|Milos Degenek||Yokohama Marinos, Japan||18 (0)|
|Jackson Irvine||Hull City, England||18 (2)|
|Mile Jedinak||Aston Villa, England||75 (18)|
|Brad Jones (GK)||Feyenoord, Netherlands||5 (0)|
|Tomi Juric||FC Luzern, Switzerland||34 (8)|
|Matthew Jurman||Suwon Bluewings, South Korea||4 (0)|
|Robbie Kruse||VfL Bochum, Germany||63 (5)|
|Mathew Leckie||Hertha BSC, Germany||52 (8)|
|Massimo Luongo||Queens Park Rangers, England||35 (5)|
|Jamie Maclaren||SV Darmstadt 98, Germany (via Hibs)||6 (0)|
|James Meredith||Millwall, England||2 (0)|
|Mark Milligan||Al Ahli, Saudi Arabia||67 (6)|
|Aaron Mooy||Huddersfield Town, England||33 (5)|
|Andrew Nabbout||Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan||3 (1)|
|Dimitri Petratos||Newcastle Jets||2 (0)|
|Josh Risdon||Western Sydney Wanderers||7 (0)|
|Tom Rogic||Celtic, Scotland||36 (7)|
|Mathew Ryan (GK)||Brighton and Hove Albion, England||43 (0)|
|Trent Sainsbury||Grasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland||34 (3)|
|Danny Vukovic||KRC Genk, Belgium||1 (0)|
The Socceroos play their next friendly on Sunday 10 June at 1.30am AEST against Hungary in Budapest.
The Group C matches at the World Cup are against France, Denmark and Peru.
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