Kennedy, Rogic and Wilkshire cut from Socceroos

Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic and Luke Wilkshire are the omissions from Australia's World Cup squad as coach Ange Postecoglou announced his 23-man squad for Brazil.

Postecoglou was clearly unwilling to gamble with the injury-troubled Rogic (groin) and Kennedy (back).

But Wilkshire was a surprise after playing 90 minutes in a warm-up match against a Brazilian second division outfit and given the ongoing fitness concerns surrounding Ivan Franjic.

The fourth unlucky player to miss out is Newcastle Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti.

Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano now look set to become the only Socceroos to play in three consecutive World Cups - although Mark Milligan has been selected previously.

The squad will be captained by midfielder Mile Jedinak and is made up of three goalkeepers, six defenders, 10 midfielders and four strikers with seven of the 23 players currently playing in the Hyundai A-League.

Postecoglou said: "Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have worked very hard since they came into camp but we have had to weigh up form, fitness and squad balance in coming up with the 23 players who will represent Australia at the 2014 World Cup."

"We’ve selected a squad that can do Australia proud and they will walk out onto the pitch for the World Cup in the green and gold shirt and display the characteristics that define our country.

"Our stated aim is to make our country proud, show the world what Australians are made of and test ourselves against the very best football players in the world and this group of players is capable of doing that."

SOCCEROOS' 23-MAN SQUAD FOR THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL:
Oliver BOZANIC, Mark BRESCIANO, Tim CAHILL, Jason DAVIDSON, Ivan FRANJIC, Eugene GALEKOVIC, Ben HALLORAN, James HOLLAND, Mile JEDINAK, Mitchell LANGERAK, Mathew LECKIE, Massimo LUONGO, Ryan McGOWAN, Matt McKAY, Mark MILLIGAN, Tommy OAR, Mat RYAN, Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Adam TAGGART, James TROISI, Dario VIDOSIC, Alex WILKINSON, Bailey WRIGHT.