“Our time is limited” – Bert van Marwijk eyes Socceroos efficiency after...

“Our time is limited” – Bert van Marwijk eyes Socceroos efficiency after trimming squad


Alex Gersbach, Mitch Langerak and Jamie Maclaren are the unlucky players axed in Bert van Marwijk’s Socceroos squad cull for upcoming friendlies.

The three players have not been included in van Marwijk’s final squad of 26 for matches against Norway and Colombia in a fortnight’s time.

Perhaps surprising to miss is Maclaren, who netted the sealing goal in Hibernian’s 2-0 Edinburgh Derby win over Hearts on the weekend.

That leaves Tomi Juric and the ageing Tim Cahill as the only out and out striking options.

However, Andrew Nabbout, who can play in the No.9 role, has made the final cut along with former Newcastle Jets teammate Dimi Petratos.

“I am looking forward to the chance to get together with the players and work with them for the first time and to get to know them,” van Marwijk said.

“We must ensure that we get the maximum possible out of the next two weeks in camp, because our time is limited.

“Our friendly matches against Norway and Colombia will be important, but the focus, commitment and application of all the players, coaches and staff from day one until the moment we leave London will be crucial.

“We need to ensure that we use the time that we have together wisely so that we advance our preparations for Russia.”

The Socceroos will face Norway in Oslo on 23 March as well as Colombia in London on 27 March.

Name Club, Country A-International Caps (Goals)
Aziz BEHICH Bursaspor, TURKEY 19 (2)
Tim CAHILL Millwall FC, ENGLAND 104 (50)
Milos DEGENEK Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN 15 (0)
Jackson IRVINE Hull City AFC, ENGLAND 15 (1)
Mile JEDINAK Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND 73 (18)
Brad JONES (gk) Feyenoord Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS 4 (0)
Tomi JURIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND 32 (8)
Matthew JURMAN Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC 4 (0)
Robbie KRUSE VfL Bochum, GERMANY 60 (5)
Mathew LECKIE Hertha BSC, GERMANY 49 (6)
Massimo LUONGO Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND 32 (5)
James MEREDITH Millwall FC, ENGLAND 2 (0)
Aaron MOOY Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND 31 (5)
Andrew NABBOUT Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN 0 (0)
Dimitri PETRATOS Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA 0 (0)
Josh RISDON Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA 5 (0)
Tom ROGIC Celtic FC, SCOTLAND 33 (7)
Nikita RUKAVYTSYA Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL 16 (1)
Mathew RYAN (gk) Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND 41 (0)
Trent SAINSBURY Grasshopper Club Zurich, SWITZERLAND 33 (3)
Aleksandar SUSNJAR FK Mlada Boleslav, CZECH REPUBLIC 0 (0)
James TROISI Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA 36 (5)
Daniel VUKOVIC (gk) KRC Genk, BELGIUM 0 (0)
Bailey WRIGHT Bristol City FC, ENGLAND 21 (1)