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SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MAY 07: Socceroos Head Coach Bert van Marwijk speaks to the media during the Australian Socceroos World Cup Preliminary Squad Announcement at the InterContinental on May 7, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Five West Aussies named in preliminary World Cup squad

Football Federation Australia News

Five West Australians have been named in the Caltex Socceroos’ preliminary squad for the World Cup Finals in Russia.

Brad Jones, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon, Aleksander Susnjar and Nikita Rukavytsya were today included in Bert van Marwijk’s 32-man squad.

Bunbury-born defender and ECU Joondalup and Football West NTC product Risdon, 25, has been capped six times by the national team. He currently plays for Western Sydney in the A-League.

Experienced goalkeeper Jones, who started out at Bayswater City, is fresh from helping Feyenoord win the Dutch Cup, while former Armadale, NTC and Perth Glory Youth player Trent Sainsbury, 26, has been at Grasshoppers in Switzerland.

Another Perth-born player included is 22-year-old Czech-based centre-back Susnjar, who played four games for Perth SC in the NPL in 2015. He made his Socceroos debut against Norway in March.

And van Marwijk also named striker Rukavytsya, 30, who moved to Perth from Ukraine when he was 14. He played at Inglewood United and Perth SC in the State League as a teenager and is currently at Maccabi Haifa in Israel.

All 26 players from the Socceroos squad that faced Norway and Colombia in March were included today.

“I am not a person who changes all the time and we thought for a long time about the first squad that we selected,” said van Marwijk on his 32-man squad.

“I had a good experience with the 26 players in the 10 days that I worked with them, so I had no reason not to nominate them again. But we have since seen other players so there will be a few new names in the squad.”

Van Marwijk will cut his squad to 26 players next week before the team assembles in Turkey for the start of their pre-tournament training camp from Saturday, May 19.

Josh Risdon, Socceroos head coach Bert van Marwijk and Josh Brillante pose after the Caltex Socceroos World Cup preliminary squad announcement at Lady Macquarie’s Chair. Pics: Getty Images

 

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)

Alex GERSBACH

Racing Club de Lens, FRANCE

4 (0)

Apostolos GIANNOU

AEK Larnaca, CYPRUS

5 (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)

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN

8 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

51 (6)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

34 (5)

Jamie MACLAREN

Hibernian FC, SCOTLAND

5 (0)

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)

Aleksandar SUSNJAR

FK Mlada Boleslav, CZECH REPUBLIC

1 (0)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

37 (5)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, BELGIUM

1 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT

Bristol City FC, ENGLAND

22 (1)

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: TBC
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