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Van Marwijk sure of two-thirds of Socceroos squad

Van Marwijk sure of two-thirds of Socceroos squad

Jamie Maclaren's impressive form for Hibs during the second half of the season has been rewarded with a trip to Russian Federation after Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk named him in his final 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The victory over a Czech side that failed to qualify for the tournament in Russian Federation was the first for the Socceroos outside Australia since a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi in September 2016.

Bert van Marwijk's men crushed the hapless Czechs 4-0 in a trial in St Polten in Austria and the result no doubt will raise a few eyebrows and turn a few heads around the world.

"I think everybody must be very happy that this team has a few more players", he said.

In the first of their final warm-up friendlies before their June 16 Group C opener against France, the Socceroos produced a clinical display at the NV Arena that will be heartening to coach Bert van Marwijk. Van Marwijk has chosen only one recognised right back, Josh Risdon, and only three recognised central defenders.

So, another essential element of the Turkey boot camp is to school the players in the Dutchman's more pragmatic playing style, including a traditional back four.

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"Every player wants to play", Maclaren said. "He's special in everything", Van Marwijk said when unveiling his preliminary squad.

"He made a good impression. I wanted to give him a real chance". "It was hard for him because he was already on vacation for I think eight or nine days".

Arzani's trickery and creative flair give van Marwijk an option he did not have otherwise and the former's parents told the ABC they were overwhelmed with joy when they found out their son was going to Russian Federation.

His playing time in Russian Federation might amount only to cameo roles against group rivals France, Denmark and Peru, but few would be surprised if the veteran makes a big impression during his World Cup swansong.

The Socceroos will continue to train in Turkey for another week before travelling to Budapest for a friendly against Hungary on June 9.

"We owe something. I wish that Daniel will make Australia proud of him and that he'll make the soccer family proud of him too".

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