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.


NameClub Appearances (Goals
Daniel ArzaniMelbourne City1 (0)
Aziz BehichBursaspor, Turkey22 (2)
Tim Cahill105 (50)
Milos DegenekYokohama Marinos, Japan18 (0)
Jackson IrvineHull City, England18 (2)
Mile JedinakAston Villa, England75 (18)
Brad Jones (GK)Feyenoord, Netherlands5 (0)
Tomi JuricFC Luzern, Switzerland34 (8)
Matthew JurmanSuwon Bluewings, South Korea4 (0)
Robbie KruseVfL Bochum, Germany63 (5)
Mathew LeckieHertha BSC, Germany52 (8)
Massimo LuongoQueens Park Rangers, England35 (5)
Jamie MaclarenSV Darmstadt 98, Germany (via Hibs)6 (0)
James MeredithMillwall, England2 (0)
Mark MilliganAl Ahli, Saudi Arabia67 (6)
Aaron MooyHuddersfield Town, England33 (5)
Andrew NabboutUrawa Red Diamonds, Japan3 (1)
Dimitri PetratosNewcastle Jets2 (0)
Josh RisdonWestern Sydney Wanderers7 (0)
Tom RogicCeltic, Scotland36 (7)
Mathew Ryan (GK)Brighton and Hove Albion, England43 (0)
Trent SainsburyGrasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland34 (3)
Danny VukovicKRC Genk, Belgium1 (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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