Bert van Marwijk's first Socceroos
  • xiaolan March 8
    Evolution, not revolution, that’s the message from the first Socceroos squad announced by Bert van Marwijk. Twenty-two of the 23 Australians that engineered the crucial playoff victory over Honduras remain part of the 29-man national set-up despite the change of coach.
    img src="" alt="Youth Yonder Alonso Authentic Grey Majestic Jersey: MLB Seattle Mariners Ryan McGowan is the only man not to survive the regime change ahead of two friendly internationals in Europe later this month, first in Oslo against Norway, and then in London against Colombia. However, exclusion at this stage is not the end of the road for any players with World Cup ambitions, with Van Marwijk noting “the door remains ajar for all players not picked for the March window”.

    It is a squad that validates Ange Postecoglou’s judgement with his well-credentialed successor seeing no reason to make significant modifications despite monitoring over 100 candidates around the world. It also points to Van Marwijk’s famed pragmatism. With just 100 days to go before the World Cup kicks off it was always going to be prudent to call on players familiar with the international scene. It remains to be seen how Van Marwijk differs tactically from Postecoglou but the similarity of personnel provides a measure of control that can be used to compare performance.

    Of the players retained, Tim Cahill’s lack of action this season has to be of concern but no doubt Van Marwijk was made aware of the record goalscorer’s talismanic qualities. James Troisi has far fewer runs on the board and considering his underwhelming season for Melbourne Victory and the competition for attacking places it’s perhaps surprising to see him selected ahead of both Brandon Borrello and Daniel Arzani.

    That pair of young forwards headline the players overlooked with Borrello in particular unfortunate to find his rise to prominence in the Bundesliga hasn’t caught the eye of the new boss. While there is plenty of legitimate excitement around Arzani, his inability to run out 90 minutes for Melbourne City makes his involvement at international level a luxury the new coach was unlikely to indulge in.

    There’s a reassuring A-League flavour to the newcomers introduced by Van Marwijk, a list topped by Andrew Nabbout and Dimitri Petratos. Nabbout is technically included as an Urawa Red Diamond but it’s his performances for Newcastle that have earned him his call-up. Nabbout, Jake McCabe Authentic Jersey and former D.J. Reader Jersey Jets team-mate Petratos, have been outstanding this season and both possess the versatility to make them attractive World Cup selections.

    While Nabbout has sparkled in recent weeks Petratos has been staking his claim for longer, excelling with Brisbane Roar before his time in Newcastle. If either survives the cull from 29 squad places to 23 it will be fascinating to see if they can replicate the quality of performance achieved under Ernie Merrick’s attack-focussed approach in what’s likely to be a much more methodical environment.

    Of the overseas additions it would be impossible not to wish Brad Jones well. It’s four years since the Feyenoord goalkeeper last turned out for Australia and eight since he was forced to leave the Authentic Ken Griffey Jersey Socceroos’ World Cup camp to be with his family while his son Luca battled leukaemia. Now 35, Jones won the Eredivisie last season and his recall highlights the depth of goalkeeping talent at Van Marwijk’s disposal.

    Alex Šušnjar is arguably the only genuine bolter. The 22-year-old left-sided centre-half plays for FK Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic and impressed during January’s 2018 AFC U-23 Championship in China. Originally from Perth, Šušnjar’s route to international recognition has already taken him through Lithuania, Serbia and Romania. wholesale jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseys from china