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– FIFA on GBP Sports

Australia coach Bert van Marwick has culled six players from his preliminary 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ squad.

The six names culled from the squad announced last week are striker Apostolos Giannou, goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak, defender Aleksandar Susnjar, as well as three players who featured at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia – Bailey Wright, Jamie Maclaren and Alex Gersbach.

Among the headline names in the squad are Tim Cahill, who is looking to become the first Australian to play in four World Cups, and Brazil 2014 captain Mile Jedinak.

Australia will gather for a training camp in Turkey before international matches against Czech Republic (1 June) and Hungary (9 June).

Australia have been drawn in Group C at Russia 2018 alongside France, Denmark and Peru.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Australia squad  

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Brighton/England), Danny Vukovic (Genk/Belgium), Brad Jones (Feyenoord/Netherlands)

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos/Japan), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings/Korea Republic), James Meredith (Millwall/England), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers Zurich/Switzerland), Fran Karacic (Lokomotiva Zagreb/Croatia)

Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa/England), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli/Saudi Arabia), Robbie Kruse (Bochum/Germany), Jackson Irvine (Hull City/England), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers/England), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield/England), Tom Rogic (Celtic/Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Millwall/England), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern/Switzerland), Matthew Leckie (Hertha Berlin/Germany), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds/Japan), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa/Israel), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City).

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