Josh Kennedy a shock omission from World Cup squad

Josh Kennedy has succumbed to a back injury and will not be a part of Australia's World Cup campaign in Brazil. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Josh Kennedy has succumbed to a back injury and will not be a part of Australia's World Cup campaign in Brazil. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

BORDER product Josh Kennedy and playmaker Tom Rogic have been cut from the Socceroos’ final World Cup squad, with injury forcing the duo out.

Kennedy scored the goal against Iraq last year that secured Australia’s spot in Brazil but sadly won’t play a part in what would have been his third consecutive World Cup campaign.

The final four players omitted from the final squad are Kennedy, Rogic, Mark Birighitti and Luke Wilkshire.

Kennedy was due to play in Australia’s warm-up match against Brazilian division two side Parana Clube on Tuesday but was sidelined after his ongoing back injury flared up in training the previous day.

Rogic, on the other hand, did play but - with persistent groin concerns and a lack of game time - he was forced off the field after a lacklustre first-half showing.

Postecoglou met his coaching and medical staff on Tuesday to decide the cuts.

The team will be captained by Mile Jedinak with Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Mark Milligan becoming the first Australian players to represent the Socceroos at three World Cups, following the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.

- With AAP

SOCCEROOS WORLD CUP SQUAD

Oliver BOZANIC FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

Mark BRESCIANO Al Gharafa, QATAR

Tim CAHILL New York Red Bulls, USA

Jason DAVIDSON SC Heracles Almelo, NETHERLANDS

Ivan FRANJIC Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

Eugene GALEKOVIC Adelaide United, AUSTRALIA

Ben HALLORAN Fortuna Dusseldorf, GERMANY

James HOLLAND FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA

Mile JEDINAK Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND

Mitchell LANGERAK B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, GERMANY

Mathew LECKIE FSV Frankfurt 1899, GERMANY

Massimo LUONGO Swindon Town FC, ENGLAND

Ryan McGOWAN Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, CHINA

Matt McKAY Brisbane Roar, AUSTRALIA

Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

Tommy OAR FC Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

Mat RYAN Club Brugge KV, BELGIUM

Matthew SPIRANOVIC Western Sydney Wanderers, AUSTRALIA

Adam TAGGART Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

James TROISI Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

Dario VIDOSIC FC Sion, SWITZERLAND

Alex WILKINSON Jeonbuk Hyundai, KOREA REPUBLIC

Bailey WRIGHT Preston North End FC, ENGLAND

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