Socceroos' World Cup squad cut to 27

Luke Wilkshire. Picture: AFP
Luke Wilkshire. Picture: AFP

Illawarra defender Luke Wilkshire is officially on the plane to Brazil for his third World Cup campaign, after being named in Ange Postecoglou’s 27-man squad on Tuesday morning.

Defender Curtis Good and midfielders Adam Sarota and Josh Brillante have missed out on the trip, when he Socceroos’ World Cup squad was reduced.

The squad flies out on Wednesday.

Good had been expected to be among the omitted trio due to a nagging hip injury, which kept him out of Monday night’s lacklustre 1-1 draw with South Africa at ANZ Stadium.

Postecoglou said he expected both Dutch-based midfielder Sarota and Newcastle Jets midfielder Brillante to be a part of the national team in the future.

Ivan Franjic survived the cut, despite injuring his left knee in a collision that forced the defender from the field on Monday night.

Luke Wilkshire. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Luke Wilkshire. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Four more players will be cut when the 23-man World Cup squad is finalised on June 2.

The Socceroos will play a friendly against Croatia on June 7 before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Chile on June 13.

They then play the Netherlands on June 19 and Spain on June 24.

Australia’s 27-man travelling squad: Mark Birighitti, Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Eugene Galekovic, Ben Halloran, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Josh Kennedy, Mitch Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Matthew Spiranovic, Adam Taggart, James Troisi, Dario Vidosic, Alex Wilkinson, Luke Wilkshire, Bailey Wright.

with AAP


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