MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) - New Australia coach Bert Van Marwijk has retained four uncapped players in his maiden 26-man squad for World Cup warmups against Norway and Colombia.
Japan-based winger Andrew Nabbout, Newcastle Jets midfielder Dimitri Petratos, Czech Republic-based defender Aleksandar Susnjar and Belgium-based goalkeeper Daniel Vukovic will press for international debuts away to Norway on March 23 and fellow World Cup qualifiers Colombia in London on March 27.
Veteran goalkeeper Brad Jones, midfielder Joshua Brillante, and defender James Meredith all return after varying absences to the squad, which retains the core of the side that defeated Honduras in an intercontinental playoff to qualify for Russia.
Long-serving striker Tim Cahill has been retained in the squad despite very limited playing time with Millwall in England’s second tier. He remains in a forward set-up featuring Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury