Australia World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament

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Australia World Cup 2014: Team Guide for FIFA Tournament
SCOTT HEPPELL/Associated Press

National team coach Ange Postecoglou has named a young, inexperienced Australia squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The 30-man preliminary squad revealed on Wednesday will be pruned to 23 on June 2.

The Socceroos are rank outsiders to qualify for the knockout stages, as they face three daunting Group B opponents in Chile, the Netherlands and Spain.

Postecoglou himself has only been in charge since October. He had just two friendly games to test out players before announcing his side.

His squad contains 10 players who currently ply their trade in the A-League, while many of the big names from previous World Cup campaigns, such as Mark Schwarzer, Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, are no longer involved.

The average number of international caps among the 30 named is just 17, compared to 33 in 2010 and 27 in 2006. 

Read on for a detailed guide to the Socceroos squad.

 

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