Veteran Tim Cahill leads Australia's provisional squad

Australia’s Tim Cahill during a friendly soccer match between Colombia and Australia in London. – AP

He has a tremendous record for Australia over the decades and has scored so many crucial goals, not the least being his brace against Syria, which ensured that the Socceroos got past their Middle Eastern opponents in a World Cup playoff. "He's a guy who has produced for the Socceroos and Australia so many times".

Australian Football Coach, Bert Van Marwijk's World Cup squad is starting to take shape with the Dutchman stamping his authority on the side in the latest round of cuts.

Cahill is now in the USA and will join the rest of the squad in Turkey next week for an intense training camp including two warm-up friendlies against the Czech Republic and Hungary.

But FFA chief executive David Gallop rejected the assertion, telling broadcaster SBS, "Absolutely not".

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And the announcement came as Cahill was unveiled as the face of the Socceroos' key sponsor Caltex's new advertising campaign.

The opportunistic timing of the "Cahilltex" campaign, whereby a number of petrol stations have been renamed in honour of the country's leading goalscorer to coincide with the Russian Federation tournament, triggered questions about the fairness of Cahill's selection.

But Tim Cahill and fellow veteran Mark Milligan made the grade, keeping them on track for a fourth appearance at the football showpiece in Russian Federation.

"It's always a challenging task to reduce a squad, however this is the nature of professional sport at the highest level", said van Marwijk.

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He's made me into a better player and one of the best in the world. "If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing".

"Overall, I believe we have named a strong and ambitious squad for our training camp in Turkey and friendly against Czech Republic in Austria".

It leaves 38-year-old Cahill and Swiss-based Tomi Juric as the two recognised strikers in the squad, although the highly-rated and uncapped Daniel Arzani kept his place.

In Russia, they are drawn in Group C along with France, Peru and Denmark.

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