Australia qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup through Asia and they have confirmed their final 23-man squad heading to Russia this summer. Aussies had to rely on playoffs to qualify where they defeated Honduras and now they are paired in a group with the likes of France, Denmark and Peru.
Confirmed Australia 23-Man Squad: Bert van Marwijk the national coach of Australia announced the final 23-man squad and there were several surprise inclusions not more so than Tim Cahill who will be heading to Russia with Australia at the age of 38. Below is the entire Australia squad for 2018 FIFA World Cup.
|2||Mat Ryan||Brighton & Hove Albion||26||GK|
|3||Danny Vukovic||K.R.C. Genk||33||GK|
|5||Milos Degenek||Yokohama F. Marinos||24||Defender|
|6||Matthew Jurman||Suwon Samsung Bluewings||28||Defender|
|7||James Meredith||Millwall F.C.||30||Defender|
|8||Josh Risdon||Western Sydney Wanderers||25||Defender|
|9||Trent Sainsbury||Grasshopper Club Zürich||26||Defender|
|10||Jackson Irvine||Hull City||25||Defender|
|11||Mile Jedinak||Aston Villa||33||Defender|
|12||Robbie Kruse||VfL Bochum||29||Midfielder|
|14||Mark Milligan||Al Ahly||32||Midfielder|
|15||Aaron Mooy||Huddersfield Town||27||Midfielder|
|16||Tom Rogic||Celtic FC||25||Midfielder|
|17||Tim Cahill||Millwall FC||28||Midfielder|
|18||Daniel Arzani||Melbourne City FC||19||Midfielder|
|19||Tomi Juric||FC Luzern||26||Forward|
|20||Mathew Leckie||Hertha BSC||27||Forward|
|21||Andrew Nabbout||Urawa Red Diamonds||25||Forward|
|22||Dimitri Petratos||Newcastle Jets FC||25||Forward|
|23||Jamie Maclaren||Darmstadt 98||24||Forward|
Australia National Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Very experienced dutch coach Bert van Marwijk was appointed as the head coach in January 2018 after Australia had secure their place in the world cup. Bert Van Marwijk has managed the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Fayenoord on club level while he managed Holland from 2008 to 2012 guiding them to 2010 World Cup final against Spain.
Possible Starting Lineup:
Although Tim Cahill has been included in the final 23-man squad its unlikely he will start any game and will be used mostly as a impact sub. Juric set to keep his place as No.1 in goal while 3 man defense of Nabbout, Rogic and Leckie supported by Behic and Risdon. Mooy is the most important player in central midfield with Ryan upfront.
Its interesting to see only 3 players from Australia league are selected and many Aussies players hail from different countries but settled in Australia. This is not the typical soccoros roster going into the world cup with most of the players playing their trade in European football.
Australia Schedule In World Cup 2018:
Australia play their opening game against France on Saturday, 16th June followed by matches against Denmark and Peru. Below is the group stage schedule for Australia.
- France vs Australia – 16 June 2018
- Australia vs Denmark – 21 June 2018
- Australia vs Peru – 26 June 2018