Caltex Socceroos finalise squad for Russia

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Bert van Marwijk has today finalised Australia’s 23-player squad to venture to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ this month. 

Van Marwijk’s final 23-player selection features three players from the Hyundai A-League – Daniel Arzani, Dimitri Petratos, and Josh Risdon – as well as two players who have now gained selection for Australia in four consecutive FIFA World Cup™ squads – Tim Cahill and Mark Milligan.

READ: Squad breakdown of how 23 players will battle for starting XI

Over the past fortnight 27 players have demonstrated their commitment to the Australian national football team by participating in an intense training camp in Antalya, Turkey. This work culminated in a solid 4-0 international friendly win over Czech Republic in St. Polten, Austria on Friday.

“I have been very pleased with the effort and application of all of the players during our time in Turkey, and in Austria” said van Marwijk. “Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have all given everything to make the final selection.”

“However considering many factors, we have now settled on our final squad for Russia. I believe this group of players can do Australia proud at the world’s biggest football tournament if we continue to work collectively and intensively over the next two weeks and into the competition,” he said. 

Australia’s squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is evenly spread, and features three goalkeepers, seven defenders, six midfielders, and seven attackers. Many players also possess the versatility to slot into a range of roles if required. 
 

From the 27 players involved in the Turkey camp and Czech Republic friendly, Fran Karacic, Josh Brillante, James Troisi, and Nikita Rukavytsya have missed out on the final squad.
 

Caltex Socceroos 23-player squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
 

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Daniel ARZANI

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

22 (2)

Tim CAHILL

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

105 (50)

Milos DEGENEK

Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN

18 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, ENGLAND

18 (2)

Mile JEDINAK

Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND

75 (18)

Brad JONES (Gk)

Feyenoord Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

5 (0)

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

34 (8)

Matthew JURMAN

Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC

4 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

VfL Bochum, GERMANY

63 (5)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

52 (8)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

35 (5)

Jamie MACLAREN

SV Darmstadt 98, GERMANY

6 (0)

James MEREDITH

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

2 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Al Ahli SC, SAUDI ARABIA

67 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

33 (5)

Andrew NABBOUT

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

3 (1)

Dimitri PETRATOS

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

2 (0)

Josh RISDON

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA

7 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

36 (7)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND

43 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Grasshopper Club Zurich, SWITZERLAND

34 (3)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, BELGIUM

1 (0)


Caltex Socceroos pre-2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Friendlies:

Caltex Socceroos v Czech Republic
Date: Friday, 1 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: NV Arena, St. Polten, Austria
Result: 4-0 win (Leckie 32’, 72’, Nabbout 54’, Jugas (OG) 80’)

Hungary v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Kick-off: 5.30pm local (1.30am AEST – Sunday, 10 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Caltex Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Group C Matches:

France v Caltex Socceroos

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Kick-off: 1pm local (8pm AEST – Saturday, 16 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Denmark v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
Kick-off: 4pm local (10pm AEST – Thursday, 21 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Caltex Socceroos v Peru
Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Venue: Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Kick-off: 5pm local (12am AEST – Wednesday 27 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport