The Socceroos head coach, Bert van Marwijk, has named a preliminary long list squad of 32 players for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup which kicks-off next month. 

The squad includes all of the 26 players who took part in van Marwijk’s first Socceroos camp in March this year – which included the friendlies against Norway and Colombia – while six new players have been added. 

The six new players include the much talked-about Daniel Arzani from Melbourne City, as well as Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Fran Karacic, Mitchell Langerak, and Jamie Maclaren. Van Marwijk says all have been monitored closely whilst playing for their respective clubs in domestic leagues.

Also included is veteran, 38-year-old Tim Cahill who has played only 263 minutes all season including the 120 minutes for Australia in the November 2017 World Cup qualifiers. Van Marwijk said that Cahill is a “special case” and a “player that can make a difference.” If Cahill makes the final cut of 23 players, it will be his fourth successive World Cup appearance.

Van Marwijk and his coaching staff will reduce the preliminary squad to 26 players next week before the team assembles in Turkey for the start of their pre-tournament training camp from Saturday 19 May. 

The Socceroos have a friendly against Czechia in St Polten, Austria on Friday 1 June (local time), after which van Marwijk will reduce the squad to the final list of 23 players. A further friendly will be played against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday 9 June (local time). 

Van Marwijk said the players that featured in his first camp deserved to retain their places, but additional players have piqued his interest since then.

“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 are a few new names in the squad.” 

Van Marwijk says he is looking forward to the time in Turkey.

“I will be able to work with the players every day, and most of the time it will be two times a day. In those few weeks it must be very clear for the players what we want at the World Cup.”

NameClubGames (Goals)
Daniel ArzaniMelbourne City0 (0)
Aziz BehichBursaspor, Turkey21 (2)
Josh BrillanteSydney FC5 (0)
Tim CahillMillwall, England105 (50)
Milos DegenekYokohama Marinos, Japan17 (0)
Alex GersbachLens, France4 (0)
Apostolos GiannouAEK Larnaca, Cyprus5 (0)
Jackson IrvineHull City, England17 (2)
Mile JedinakAston Villa, England75 (18)
Brad JonesFeyenoord, Netherands5 (0)
Tomi JuricFC Luzern, Switzerland34 (8)
Matthew JurmanSuwon Bluewings, South Korea4 (0)
Fran KaracicNK Lokomotiva, Croatia0 (0)
Robbie KruseVfL Bochum, Germany62 (5)
Mitchell LangerakNagoya Grampus, Japan8 (0)
Mathew LeckieHertha Berlin, Germany51 (6)
Massimo LuongoQueens Park Rangers, England34 (5)
Jamie MaclarenHibernian, Scotland5 (0)
James MeredithMillwall, England2 (0)
Mark MilliganAl Ahli, Saudi Arabia66 (6)
Aaron MooyHuddersfield, England32 (5)
Andrew NabboutUrawa Red Diamonds, Japan2 (0)
Dimitri PetratosNewcastle Jets1 (0)
Josh RisdonWestern Sydney Wanderers6 (0)
Tom RogicCeltic, Scotland35 (7)
Nikita RukavytsyaMaccabi Haifa, Israel18 (1)
Mathew RyanBrighton and Hove Albion, England42 (0)
Trent SainsburyGrasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland33 (3)
Aleksandar SusnjarMlada Boleslav, Czechia1 (0)
James TroisiMelbourne Victory37 (5)
Daniel VukovicKRC Genk, Belgium1 (0)
Bailey WrightBristol City, England22 (1)

Australia is drawn in Group C at the World Cup and will meet France on Saturday 16 June, Denmark on 21 June and Peru on 27 June (all AEST). 

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