After naming his 29-man squad recently, giving hope to a few players who might otherwise have been overlooked, there were few surprises when Bert van Marwijk named a 26-man squad today for the international friendlies against Norway and Colombia later this month. 

Van Marwijk retained the services of a core of the squad from November’s World Cup qualifiers against Honduras, and has also named four uncapped players and several returning players to the Socceroos squad. 

As expected, goalkeeper Brad Jones has been named in the squad at the expense of Mitch Langerak. Jones has been in fine form at Feyenoord who currently lie fifth in the Eredivisie.

In addition to Langerak, Alex Gersbach and Jamie Maclaren were dropped from the original 29-name squad last week. 

Sydney FC's Joshua Brillante has been recalled along with Tim Cahill's team mate at Millwall, James Meredith. The newcomers are Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos and Aleksandar Susnjar, while the four A-League players are Brillante, Petratos, James Troisi (Melbourne Victory and Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers). 

Van Marwijk said that after an intensive period of scouting, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with the group both on and off the pitch.

“I am looking forward to the chance to get together with the players and work with them for the first time and to get to know them,” said van Marwijk. 

“We must ensure that we get the maximum possible out of the next two weeks in camp, because our time is limited. 

“Our friendly matches against Norway and Colombia will be important, but the focus, commitment and application of all the players, coaches and staff from day one until the moment we leave London will be crucial.”

Van Marwijk says the limited time he has with the squad must be used “wisely” in preparation for the World Cup in Russia which gets underway on 14 June. 

“We need to ensure that we use the time that we have together wisely so that we advance our preparations for Russia,” he said.

The Socceroos will meet in Oslo on Monday to play Norway on Friday 23 March, before heading to London to play Colombia four days later at Craven Cottage in London. 

NameClubA-internationals (goals)
Aziz BehichBursaspor, Turkey19 (2)
Joshua BrillanteSydney FC5 (0)
Tim CahillMillwall, England104 (50)
Milos DegenekYokohama Marinos, Japan15 (0)
Jackson IrvineHull City, England15 (1)
Mile JedinakAston Villa, England73 (18)
Brad Jones - GKFeyenoord, Netherlands4 (0)
Tomi JuricFC Luzern, Switzerland32 (8)
Matthew JurmanSuwon Bluewings4 (0)
Robbie KruseVfL Bochum, Germany60 (5)
Mathew LeckieHertha BSC, Germany49 (6)
Massimo LuongoQueens Park Rangers, England32 (5)
James MeredithMillwall, England2 (0)
Mark MilliganAl Ahli, Saudi Arabia64 (6)
Aaron MooyHuddersfield Town, England31 (5)
Andrew NabboutUrawa Red Diamonds, Japan0 (0)
Dimitri PetratosNewcastle Jets0 (0)
Josh RisdonWestern Sydney Wanderers5 (0)
Tom RogicCeltic, Scotland33 (7)
Nikita RukavytsyaMaccabi Haifa FC, Israel16 (1)
Mat Ryan - GKBrighton & Hove Albion, England41 (0)
Trent SainsburyGrasshopper Club Zurich, Switzerland33 (3)
Aleksandar SusnjarFK Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic0 (0)
James TroisiMelbourne Victory36 (5)
Danny Vukovic - GKGenk, Belgium0 (0)
Bailey WrightBristol City, England21 (1)

Match Details:

Norway v Australia
Date: Friday 23 March 2018 (local time)
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway
Kick-off: 6pm (local) / 4am AEDT (Saturday 24 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Colombia v Australia
Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018 (local time)
Venue: Craven Cottage, London, England
Kick-off: 8pm (local) / 6am AEDT (Wednesday 28 March 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

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