Nabbout earns Socceroos call-up

07 March 2018 05:19:27 EST

Winger Andrew Nabbout could earn his first Australia cap in this month's pre-World Cup friendlies.

Nabbout, who this week moved from Newcastle Jets to Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds, has been called into new coach Bert van Marwijk's first squad.

The Dutch coach has named a preliminary squad of 29 for the games against Norway in Oslo and against Colombia in London, with Nabbout bing joined in the squad by his former Jets team-mate Dimitri Petratos, who has also yet to be capped.

Sydney FC's Josh Brillante, who has played five times for the Socceroos, gets a spot as does Tim Cahill - who has returned to action with Millwall.

Van Marwijk has recalled goalkeeper Brad Jones due to his excellent form with Feyenoord, but he's unlikely to displace Mat Ryan in the starting line-up.

The extended squad also retains 22 of those involved in the Socceroos' World Cup qualification play-off against Honduras. Defender Trent Sainsbury is unavailable due to injury, while Melbourne City winger Daniel Arzani has missed out on selection.

Van Marwijk could hand young defender Aleksandar Susnjar, who plays for Czech side FK Mlada Boleslav, his first cap.

The coach said: "There are still a couple of weeks before the group gathers in Oslo, so we will continue to monitor the health and fitness of all the players in the preliminary squad, as well as those on our longer list of potential World Cup squad members.

"Our upcoming matches against Norway and Colombia will provide a great chance for the players selected to press their claims for Russia, however the door remains ajar for all players not picked for the March window."

Australia are 1000/1 to win Group C at the 2018 World Cup, while the Socceroos are 100/1 to qualify from their group.

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