Van Marwijk cuts another six from Australia's World Cup squad

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Cahill, a 38-year-old who now plays for Millwall F.C.in England, is the top scorer of Australia with 50 goals in 105 matches, reports Efe. "He's a guy who has produced for the Socceroos and Australia so many times".

The 38-year-old Socceroos stalwart defied his age and lack of club game time for Millwall to make the second cut in Bert van Marwijk's extended squad ahead of in-form Hibernian striker Jamie Maclaren. Van Marwijk has declined to guarantee him a spot in his final 23 for Russian Federation but a promotional campaign pushed by the Socceroos' naming rights sponsor, Caltex Australia, suggested it was a done deal.

Despite this, he made the cut as coach Bert van Marwijk trimmed his squad to 26 players from 32 Tuesday, with Maclaren's omission the most controversial, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend for Hibs in their 5-5 draw with Rangers.

But FFA chief executive David Gallop rejected the assertion, telling broadcaster SBS, "Absolutely not".

But Tim Cahill and fellow veteran Mark Milligan made the grade, keeping them on track for a fourth appearance at the football showpiece in Russian Federation.

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The reduced squad will travel to Turkey for a pre-tournament training camp before a friendly global against the Czech Republic in Austria on June 1.

"It is always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level", van Marwijk said in a statement.

The Socceroos link-up for their training camp in Antalya on Sunday ahead of the clash with the Czech Republic in St Polten on June 1.

The camp will be used to prepare for a friendly against the Czech Republic on 1st June in Austria before Australia then name their final 23-man squad for the finals in Russian Federation. Melbourne City's teenage attacking midfielder Daniel Arzani and Croatia-based defender Fran Karacic, the surprise pair in Van Marwijk's initial squad, were retained in the 26. Australia will face European powerhouse France on June 16 in Kazan, the first match in Group C, which also includes Denmark and Peru.

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