Bert van Marwijk has settled on his final squad for the Caltex Socceroos’ upcoming friendlies, naming a squad of 26 players to take on Norway and Colombia.
There’s a good mix of established stars and fresh faces in the squad, with the likes of Dimi Petratos, Andrew Nabbout and Aleksandar Susnjar earning their maiden selections, while the likes of Brad Jones, James Meredith and Josh Brillante are back after long-term absences from the national set-up.
With just over a week until the clash with Norway, we’re giving fans the chance to play manager and pick their starting side for the clash with Norway.
We’ve gone with a 4-3-3 formation for van Marwijk’s first game in charge.
Take a look at the options below and vote for your starting player in each position.
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