Melbourne Victory won the Grand Final against Newcastle Jets, but only one representative of each team features amongst five players from the A-League in the provisional Socceroos squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer, with the bulk of Australian internationals currently plying their sporting trade at European clubs.

Having dominated in 2016-17 by winning both the regular season and the Grand Final, Sydney FC were firm A-League betting favourites to scoop the Premiers’ Plate and A-League trophy double again in 2017-18, and although they dominated the regular season, the Sky Blues eventually fell short against Melbourne Victory.

While they still have arguably the strongest squad list of any A-League side, only one Sydney FC player has been considered good enough for the provisional Socceroos side, with the Australian national team priced at 10/3 odds to qualify from Group C at the World Cup, ahead of the undoubtedly stiff competition they’ll face from Denmark, France and Peru.

That could change after the World Cup, with former Sydney FC head coach Graham Arnold set to take the reins of the Socceroos following the tournament in Russia, but in the meantime, current national team boss Bert van Marwijk has opted to select mostly tried and tested players with plenty of international experience.

With 37 international caps to his name, James Troisi of Melbourne Victory is perhaps the only current A-League player guaranteed to make the trip to Russia, with the final squad list of 23 players due to be announced by FIFA’s deadline of June 4th, just ahead of the tournament commencing. Meanwhile, the other four A-League representatives will have an anxious wait.

Potentially working against Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Joshua Brillante (Sydney FC) and Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), is their collective lack of international experience, especially when compared to their rivals, most of whom also play at a much higher competitive level in European leagues.

Feature image credit: @SydneyFC via Twitter

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