TENSE TIMES: FOUR STARS FACE AXE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - DAVID DAVUTOVIC

TEENAGE debu­tant Daniel Arzani’s World Cup hopes re­main in the bal­ance af­ter a brief Soc­ceroos cameo, with Bert van Mar­wijk re­fus­ing to ex­pand when asked about the teenager.

Arzani, 19, is among a bun­dle of at­tack­ers who face a ner­vous wait as the 27-man squad is cut to the 23.

New­cas­tle Jets’ Dimi Pe­tratos, who came on just be­fore Arzani, and un­used subs James Troisi (Mel­bourne Vic­tory) and Is­rael-based Nikita Rukavyt­sya are the oth­ers in the fir­ing line with at least one, pos­si­bly two of those set to be axed. Mathew Leckie, who scored a brace against Czech Re­pub­lic, Rob­bie Kruse, Tom Rogic and Jack­son Irvine’s Rus­sia tick­ets are booked.

Van Mar­wijk, who is plac­ing plenty of stock in the wide at­tack­ing roles and cov­ets pace, is toy­ing with the idea of trav­el­ling with an ex­tra at­tacker. Rukavyt­sya and Troisi are among the quick­est in the squad, while Arzani and Pe­tratos pro­vide x-fac­tors.

“I’m not sure. I’ve done the hard work now, there’s noth­ing else I can do, it’s up to the coach­ing staff to de­cide,’’ Arzani said.

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