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Goal Australia predicts which players Ange Postecoglou will call upon for his expanded training squad in the lead-up to the FIFA showcase in South America

Analysis
By Iain Strachan

Spain, the Netherlands and Chile are surely all casting nervous glances in our direction as Ange Postecoglou prepares to name his 30-man squad for Australia's pre-World Cup training camp in Gosford.

Seven unlucky players will be cut after the farewell friendly against South Africa on May 26, before the remaining 23 fly out to Brazil.

A combination of injuries and limited playing time has left Postecoglou with some tough calls to make in certain positions.

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic, Brad Jones

Mat Ryan can expect to start in goal after playing every week and excelling for Belgian side Club Brugge. While not first choice, Mitch Langerak has had exposure to Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League football at Borussia Dortmund and is set to compete with Ryan in green and gold for years to come.

Eugene Galekovic hasn't had his best season at Adelaide, but has some international experience and will squeeze out Liverpool reserve Jones after playing regularly at club level. He has also demonstrated he can play out from the back if called upon to do so.

Defenders: Matthew Spiranovic, Ryan McGowan, Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Curtis Good, Alex Wilkinson, Luke Wilkshire, Michael Zullo

Western Sydney's Spiranovic is likely to start at centre-back alongside Ryan McGowan of Shandong Luneng. Curtis Good, on loan at Dundee United from Newcastle United, is highly rated by Postecoglou and could make the final 23 despite having only just recovered from injury.

Ivan Franjic of Brisbane Roar and Heracles' Jason Davidson are in pole position for the right and left-back berths respectively, with Dynamo Moscow's Luke Wilkshire and Michael Zullo, who spent the season on loan at Adelaide from Utrecht, to provide cover at fullback.

Alex Wilkinson, a K-League regular with Jeonbuk Motors, will get in the squad due to a lack of alternatives at centre-back despite his errors in the Ecuador friendly loss.

Midfielders: Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak (c), James Holland, Matt McKay, Jackson Irvine, Dario Vidosic, Mark Bresciano, Massimo Luongo, Adam Sarota, Oliver Bozanic, Tom Rogic.

Jedinak and Milligan are close to certain starters as the two holding midfielders. James Holland, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Adam Sarota will all hope to impress in the training camp to earn the right to act as back-up.

Postecoglou favourite Matt McKay has had an excellent season at club level and is likely to be included due to his versatility alone. Mark Bresciano hasn't played regularly due to his FIFA-imposed club ban, but could still make the cut due to his peerless technique and experience.

Oliver Bozanic and Dario Vidosic have endured mixed form in Switzerland during the second half of the season, while Tom Rogic may have done his chances more harm than good during an underwhelming loan spell at Melbourne Victory, but he is still likely to make the final cut.

Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tommy Oar, James Troisi, Mathew Leckie, Adam Taggart, Josh Kennedy, Ben Halloran.

Tim Cahill is set to start at the point of the attack, while Tommy Oar has the wide left berth locked down. That leaves Mathew Leckie, James Troisi and Ben Halloran, all in good form this season, fighting it out for a spot on the right. Josh Kennedy could still go to Brazil as experienced cover at centre-forward, while the A-League's golden boot-winner Adam Taggart will be tough to ignore.

Missing out

There will be lots of disappointed players who don't get the call from Football Federation Australia. For some, the World Cup has come around too soon and they could yet feature for the Socceroos regularly in years to come.

For others, some of whom might have been likely to go under Holger Osieck, time has now passed them by.

A few others had good seasons at club level and might have featured in certain positions, but just missed out this time around.

Too soon

Mitch Duke, Mitch Nichols, Trent Sainsbury, Chris Herd, Tomi Juric, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Luke Brattan, Bailey Wright, Daniel De Silva, Bernie Ibini, Osama Malik.

Too late

Robert Cornthwaite, David Carney, Sasa Ognenovski, Carl Valeri, Archie Thompson.

Unlucky

David Williams, Bruce Djite, Michael Theo, Jade North, Nikita Rukavytsya, Michael Thwaite.

Predicted 30-man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Eugene Galekovic, Brad Jones

Defenders: Matthew Spiranovic, Ryan McGowan, Ivan Franjic, Jason Davidson, Curtis Good, Alex Wilkinson, Luke Wilkshire, Michael Zullo

Midfielders: Mark Milligan, Mile Jedinak (c), James Holland, Matt McKay, Jackson Irvine, Dario Vidosic, Mark Bresciano, Massimo Luongo, Adam Sarota, Oliver Bozanic, Tom Rogic.

Forwards: Tim Cahill, Tommy Oar, James Troisi, Mathew Leckie, Adam Taggart, Josh Kennedy, Ben Halloran.

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