Football: Andrew Nabbout, Dimi Petratos named in Socceros squad

SOCCEROOS: Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
SOCCEROOS: Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos will travel with the Socceroos this month after being confirmed in the national 26-man squad on Wednesday by new head coach Bert van Marwijk.

Nabbout and Petratos, who have both been key to the Newcastle Jets’ high-flying form in the A-League this season, survived the cut for upcoming friendlies against Norway and Colombia ahead of the 2018 World Cup.   

Nabbout, who left the Hunter for big Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds last week, and Petratos are both uncapped for Australia.

Opportunities to wear the green and gold for the first time will come on March 23 at Norway’s Ullevaal Stadium and March 27 at London’s Craven Cottage.

“I am looking forward to the chance to get together with the players and work with them for the first time and to get to know them,” van Marwijk told Football Federation Australia media. 

“We must ensure that we get the maximum possible out of the next two weeks in camp, because our time is limited. 

“Our friendly matches against Norway and Colombia will be important, but the focus, commitment and application of all the players, coaches and staff from day one until the moment we leave London will be crucial. 

“We need to ensure that we use the time that we have together wisely so that we advance our preparations for Russia.”

The World Cup will take place in Russia from June 14 and July 15.

The Socceroos meet in Norway on Monday.

In the A-League and second-placed Newcastle leave tomorrow for Saturday’s clash against the Phoenix in Auckland. The Jets are then away to Adelaide on March 23 before hosting Melbourne City and Perth on April 1 and 6 respectively.