Feyenoord’s Brad Jones has been added to the Socceroos goalkeeping mix. (Reuters: Phil Noble)
Daniel Arzani will have to wait but Andrew Nabbout, Dimi Petratos and Josh Brillante have all been named in Bert van Marwijk’s preliminary Socceroos squad for this month’s pre-World Cup friendlies.
Aziz Behich, Josh Brillante, Tim Cahill, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones (gk), Tomi Juric, Matt Jurman, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak (gk), Mat Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Jamie Maclaren, James Meredith, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Nabbout, Dimi Petratos, Josh Risdon, Tom Rogic, Nikita Rukavytsya, Mat Ryan (gk), Trent Sainsbury, Aleksandar Susnjar, James Troisi, Danny Vukovic (gk), Bailey Wright.
Tim Cahill’s 18 minutes for Millwall also proved enough for a spot in van Marwijk’s maiden national squad of 29 players, which will be shaved down next week ahead of away clashes with Norway and Colombia in Oslo and London.
And the Dutch coach has put Australia’s regular trio of goalkeepers on notice by rewarding Ange Postecoglou-era outcast Brad Jones for his stunning form with Feyenoord.
Number one Mat Ryan is unlikely to be displaced given his fine English Premier League displays for Brighton, leaving in-form Belgium-based Danny Vukovic and Japan-based Mitch Langerak to fight Jones for the remaining two places.
Andrew Nabbout has been rewarded for his striking form with selection in van Marwijk’s preliminary squad. (AAP Image: Paul Miller)
The extended squad retains 22 of those involved in the Socceroos’ successful World Cup qualification play-off against Honduras, while defender James Meredith has been recalled and young defender Aleksandar Susnjar, who plays for Czech side FK Mlada Boleslav, could receive his first cap.
“Since my appointment with the Socceroos, my staff, scouts and I have monitored over 100 Australian players in the A-League, as well as in leagues across Europe and Asia,” van Marwijk said.
“There are still a couple of weeks before the group gathers in Oslo, so we will continue to monitor the health and fitness of all the players in the preliminary squad, as well as those on our longer list of potential World Cup squad members.
“Our upcoming matches against Norway and Colombia will provide a great chance for the players selected to press their claims for Russia, however the door remains ajar for all players not picked for the March window.”