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Hibs striker Maclaren axed from Australia World Cup squad

AFP  |  Sydney 

In-form Hibernian striker was axed from Australia's squad Tuesday as trimmed it to 26 players, with also cut.

was another to miss out in the cut to the initial 32 selected last week, along with Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, and

But and fellow veteran made the grade, keeping them on track for a fourth appearance at the showpiece in

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

"Overall, I believe we have named a strong and ambitious squad for our training camp in and friendly against the in "

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

They also face in a warm-up match in on June 9 before heading to

"I am sure that in training in Antalya, and in our match against the Czech Republic, we will see players pushing to go to a higher level as they compete for a place in the final squad," added

Maclaren's omission was the most controversial, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend for Hibs in their 5-5 draw with Rangers.

It leaves 38-year-old Cahill and Swiss-based as the two recognised strikers in the squad, although the highly-rated and uncapped kept his place.

The 19-year-old is also eligible to play for Iran, but appears to be locking in his international future with

One other uncapped player, defender Fran Karacic, also remains in contention.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 09:35 IST