Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Cahill, Arzani in Australia's final World Cup squad

Cahill, Arzani in Australia's final World Cup squad

You can be forgiven for thinking the Socceroos 4-0 victory over Czech Republic was a superb attacking performance, with defensive soladarity at the back.

Cahill is going to his fourth tournament, after debuting in Germany in 2006, while captain Mile Jedinak will play in his third World Cup.

One of the big positives for Van Marwijk was the fact that his charges had no trouble finding goals without him having to turn to veteran star Tim Cahill, who barely was even required to get off the bench and warm up.

"I know people who have worked with him and he's been the saviour for three World Cups".

Among the last to check in at the team's pre-tournament base on the Mediterranean coast is skipper Mile Jedinak, whose Aston Villa side narrowly missed out on promotion to the English Premier League after losing 1-0 against Fulham in the Championship play-off final on May 27.

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Experienced campaigners Nikita Rukavystya and James Troisi - alongside defender Fran Karacic and utility Josh Brillante - failed to make the cut, meaning the Dutchman will take only six players with World Cup experience to Russian Federation, a fact van Marwijk said Australians would be "very happy" about. The Socceroos depart Turkey on Thursday for a friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday, with 16 June's opener with France now just 12 days away.

The 24-year-old was originally left out by Van Marwijk from his 26-man squad, only to earn a reprieve due to concerns over Tomi Juric's knee. "It helps and it is also important for individual players". So impressed was van Marwijk by the right-back's progression, he did not need to consider another full-back in his squad, freeing up a role for an extra attacker. "He was honest, and as a player you want a coach to be honest, you don't want him to say something and then go and do something else".

Australia will hope the Melbourne man can add to his modest tally of six goals in 51 appearances, as well as setting up Cahill and striker Tomi Juric up front.

Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo and Mat Ryan are the only other players in camp to have attended a World Cup before.

"I think everybody must be very happy that this team has a few more players", the Dutch coach told the media.

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