Maclaren, Wright, Langerak axed as Cahill, Arzani make World Cup cut

Maclaren, Wright, Langerak axed as Cahill, Arzani make World Cup cut

Maclaren, Wright, Langerak axed as Cahill, Arzani make World Cup cut

"Obviously I'm in great nick because I pride myself on professionalism and being in the top 20 per cent fitness-wise". Van Marwijk has declined to guarantee him a spot in his final 23 for Russian Federation but a promotional campaign pushed by the Socceroos' naming rights sponsor, Caltex Australia, suggested it was a done deal. In it, five gas stations will be rebranded as Cahilltex during May and June.

"I'll be leaving no stone unturned because football is my life".

Among the players cut by Van Marwijk, who took on the Socceroos coaching job for the World Cup after Ange Postecoglou quit following the qualifying campaign, were 24-year-old striker Jamie Maclaren and defender Bailey Wright, who played in 12 of the 22 qualifying games.

Tim Cahill has been included in Australia's preliminary World Cup squad for Russian Federation.

"I'm looking forward to Bert (van Marwijk) looking for someone and if he looks on the bench or wants to start me, as a leader, that he knows he can count on".

Long-term backup goalkeeper Mitch Langerak was another to miss out in the cut to the initial 32 selected last week, along with Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, and Aleksandar Susnjar.

"The biggest thing you'll see with Bert van Marwijk is he plays to situation. not every game is the same", he said.




Maclaren's omission was the most controversial, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend for Hibs in their 5-5 draw with Rangers.

The reduced squad will travel to Turkey for a pre-tournament training camp before a friendly global against the Czech Republic in Austria on June 1.

It leaves 38-year-old Cahill and Swiss-based Tomi Juric as the two recognised strikers in the squad, although the highly-rated and uncapped Daniel Arzani kept his place.

The camp will be used to prepare for a friendly against the Czech Republic on 1st June in Austria before Australia then name their final 23-man squad for the finals in Russian Federation.

They then face Hungary in a warm-up match in Budapest on June 9 before heading to Russian Federation.

Australia face France, Denmark and Peru in Group C at the June 14-July 15 finals.

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