THE Socceroos kick off the Bert van Marwijk era as they take on Norway at the Ulevaal Stadium in Oslo.
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The clock is now ticking until the World Cup in Russia, and the Dutchman, who knows what it takes to make it to a World Cup final thanks to his exploits with Holland, losing in extra-time to Spain in 2010, has three months to infuse Australia’s national side with the game plan to get past France, Peru and Denmark and beyond the tournament’s group stages.
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The Scandinavian outfit have been chosen given Australia plays neighbour Denmark in Russia. The world No.56 will not be at the World Cup, but still have a number of players to watch.
The most interesting name on the team sheet is 19-year-old Martin Odegaard; he is now at Heerenveen on loan, but was a global headline when he was signed by Real Madrid, and became the youngest ever senior international when he debuted at 15 years and 253 days in a friendly against the UAE.
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Former Arsenal and West Ham defender Havard Nordtveit and Fulham’s Stefan Johansen also included.
One player to miss out is Bournemouth’s King, who has cut from the squad after previously being called up. Also not making the cut is Haitam Aleesami (Palermo) and Crystal Palace’s Alexander Sorloth.
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The last clash between the sides was in 2004, where Tim Cahill and Josip Skoko helped Australia to a 2-2 draw in London. It is the third meeting a senior level; in 1997, a Robbie Hooker goal gave the Socceroos a 1-0 win in Sydney.
POSITION BY POSITION ANALYSIS
Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion FC, England), Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk, Belgium), Brad Jones (Feyenoord, Holland)
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos, Japan), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings, Korea), James Meredith (Millwall, England), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers Zurich, Switzerland), Aleksandar Susnjar (FK Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England)
Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), Jackson Irvine (Hull, England), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers, England), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli, Saudi Arabia), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)
Tim Cahill (Millwall, England), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mattew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)
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