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Aleksandar Susnjar has been left out of Bert van Marwijk's World Cup plans. Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images

Susnjar misses out on World Cup

Football Federation Australia News

Four West Australians are still in the hunt for a place at next month’s FIFA World Cup – but for one the dream was ended today when coach Bert van Marwijk trimmed his Caltex Socceroos squad to 26.

Former Perth SC defender Aleksandar Susnjar was dropped from the 32-man preliminary squad named last week.

Perth-born Susnjar, 22, who plays in the Czech Republic, made his debut for the Socceroos in March against Norway but was unable to force his way on the plane to Russia.

The other West Aussies still strongly in contention are Feyenoord goalkeeper Brad Jones, Western Sydney full back Josh Risdon, defender Trent Sainsbury, who plays at Grasshopper Zurich in Switzerland, and striker Nikita Rukavytsya, who is at Maccabi Haifa in Israel.

With all-time leading goalscorer Tim Cahill included in the extended squad, there is also room for Hyundai A-League hotshot Daniel Arzani and Lokomotiva Zagreb right back Fran Karacic.

Arzani and Karacic are the only two new faces to make the cut. This means there is no room for Jamie Maclaren, Apostolos Giannou, Alex Gersbach and Mitchell Langerak.

Socceroos Head Coach Bert van Marwijk. Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Bailey Wright, who made van Marwijk’s first ever squad for the March friendlies against Norway and Colombia, has also been informed he has not been selected.

“It is always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level,” explained van Marwijk.

“Overall, I believe we have named a strong and ambitious squad for our training camp in Turkey and friendly against Czech Republic in Austria.”

The players will now join up for pre-FIFA World Cup training camp in the coastal town of Antalya, Turkey commencing 20 May.

Following the Friday 1 June friendly against Czech Republic, van Marwijk will then reduce the squad again to the final 23 by Sunday 3 June.

HERE IS THE FULL 26-MAN CALTEX SOCCEROOS EXTENDED SQUAD

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Daniel ARZANI

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

0 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

21 (2)

Joshua BRILLANTE

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

5 (0)

Tim CAHILL

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

105 (50)

Milos DEGENEK

Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN

17 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, ENGLAND

17 (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)

Fran KARACIC

NK Lokomotiva, CROATIA

0 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

VfL Bochum, GERMANY

62 (5)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

51 (6)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

34 (5)

James MEREDITH

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

2 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Al Ahli SC, SAUDI ARABIA

66 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

32 (5)

Andrew NABBOUT

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

2 (0)

Dimitri PETRATOS

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Josh RISDON

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA

6 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

35 (7)

Nikita RUKAVYTSYA

Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL

18 (1)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND

42 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Grasshopper Club Zurich, SWITZERLAND

33 (3)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

37 (5)

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
Kick-off: 1pm local (7pm WST – Friday, 1 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Hungary v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Kick-off: 5.30pm local (11.30pm WST)
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 (6pm WST)
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 (8pm WST)
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 (10pm WST)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport