Man Preliminary Socceroos World Cup Squad Announced

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The most surprising addition to the Socceroos preliminary World Cup squad is a Croatian-born defender who is yet to step foot in the nation he will represent.

Cahill was among 32 players picked in an expanded training squad, announced by coach Bert van Marwijk on Monday, but the veteran striker faces an anxious wait before knowing whether he will make the final cut for Russian Federation.

Cahill was among 32 players picked in an expanded training squad, announced by coach Bert van Marwijk on Monday, but the veteran forward faces an anxious wait before knowing whether he will make the final cut for Russian Federation.

Cahill, 38, remains in the frame for a fourth consecutive appearance at soccer's showpiece tournament.

"He is a very good striker", van Marwijk told reporters on Monday.

Karacic was born and has played his entire career in Croatia, but appears set to don Socceroos colours.

"He (Cahill) doesn't play much; maybe 5 or 10 or 20 minutes".

"I have to take a decision on whether to take him to the world championships". Arzani, the highly rated 19-year-old, earned his first call-up to the national team on the back of his captivating performances in the A-League.

However, Van Marwijk has also opted to give a chance to youth by naming uncapped duo Daniel Arzani and Fran Karacic of Melbourne City and NK Lokomotiva respectively. The teenage winger, who is also eligible to play for Iran, could become the youngest Australian to play at a World Cup if he makes the final cut.

Arzani, 19, enjoyed a fine A-League season, doing enough to impress coach Bert van Marwijk to be part of the 32-man squad.

"Everybody knows that the right defending position, I don't have a lot of choice for that position", van Marwijk said. He is already his captain of his team at 21-years-old.

"I am not a person who changes all the time and we thought for a long time about the first squad that we selected", van Marwijk said.

As well as Arzani and Karacic, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Mitchell Langerak, and Jamie Maclaren were included.

At 185cm tall, he can also play other defensive positions along with right midfield but is viewed by the Australian camp as a solution for the problem right full-back position.

The group will be cut for 26 on May 14 before the final selection of 23 players will be announced following Australia's June 9 friendly against Hungary in Budapest.

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