Australian Football Coach, Bert Van Marwijk’s World Cup squad is starting to take shape with the Dutchman stamping his authority on the side in the latest round of cuts.
The country’s in-form striker Jamie Mclaren has been dropped from the squad for Russia 2018.
His omission comes only hours after the former Brisbane Roar striker scored a hat-trick in the Scotish Premier League.
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Longtime backup goalkeeper Mitch Langerak and Bristol City Skipper Bailey Wright were the other big names cut.
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There’ll be further heartbreak for Australian footballers with Van Marwijk needing to trim another three players from his side before the World Cup starts on June 14.
One player who looks to be a key choice for the Coach is the ageing striker, Tim Cahill.
Australia’s highest ever goalscorer has moved around the world in search of playing time in the lead up to the World Cup and it seems unlikely he would be one of the three players dropped before the tournament starts in June.
Socceroos provisional World Cup squad:-
Goalkeepers: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury
Midfielders: Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi
Forwards: Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya.