Yesterday, social media was abuzz that Jamie Maclaren (pictured) had been cut from the 32-man 'squad' announced just a week ago by Bert van Marwijk - not least because Maclaren himself text-messaged multiple journalists to let them know - with a lot of commentators swinging-in behind the in-form Maclaren who, only on the weekend, scored a hat-trick for Hibs in a 5-5 draw v Rangers.

This AAP report also suggested that Bailey Wright, Alex Gersbach, James Meredith, Josh Brillante, Apostolos Giannou, and Andrew Nabbout or Nikita Rukavytsya would miss out on the 26-man squad (which still has to be reduced to 23 for the World Cup itself). 

For the earlybirds, the questions were answered at 6am when FFA issued van Marwijk's 26 men bound for Turkey. Our report is here.

In a nutshell, AAP was half-right with Maclaren, Wright, Gersbach and Giannou out, along with the unlucky Mitch Langerak and Aleksandr Susnjar. 

Michael Lynch provides some commentary on the selections, pointing out that the in-form Maclaren is not included; Cahill's inclusion will “divide opinion”; that the writing was on the wall for Wright when he was substituted in the match v Norway; and, like us, stating that Langerak is unlucky. 

Meanwhile “ageless Tim Cahill” [hey folks, there isn't actually such a 'thing' as being 'ageless] says he's always produced when needed and age plus lack of game time this past season isn't an issue for him. “Mentally I’ve not been fazed. Physically, I’m in great shape.”

Interesting read here from late yesterday on Bert van Marwijk - he was once a world champion card-player with his dad - who is considered “pragmatic, conservative, no-nonsense, no-frills.” Remind you of anyone? 


  • In A-League news, Melbourne City captain Michael Jakobsen has moved to Adelaide United - quite a pick-up for Adelaide, who has offered Jakobsen a two-year deal. In turn, Melbourne City is interested in Ersun Gulum who has made no secret of his wish to return home to Melbourne. 
  • As Jakobsen leaves, Val Migliaccio suggests that Baba Diawara, Johan Absalonsen and Daniel Adlung will all leave Adelaide United, principally for “personal reasons”, including supposedly being homesick

A-League expansion

  • The boy from Bundaberg, Clint Bolton is Team 11's “latest ambassador”, and here he is spruiking the commitment from the Casey Council to spend around $24 million on new community facilities (also mentioned on Sunday) that could be a training base for Team 11 if their bid is accepted. Lots of pics to accompany the story here with Bolton, architect's drawings of the proposed new facilities, and photos of young players that tick various boxes. PR101 folks. 
  • A much shorter report here

Mat Ryan

Mark Schwarzer says Mat Ryan would suit Arsenal “down to the ground”. Arsenal's number one 'keeper, Petr Cech, is nearing the end of his career, while the future of number two, David Ospina, is under a cloud. 

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