Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has trimmed his squad back to the final 23 for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

He announced on Tuesday that Mark Birighitti, Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic and Luke Wilkshire would be dropping out of a group captained by Mile Jedinak.

Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill and Mark Milligan have all been selected, meaning they become the first Australian players to go to three World Cups.

Seven of the players named are currently on the books of A-League clubs.

We've selected a squad that can do Australia proud.

Ange Postecoglou, Australia coach

"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," Postecoglou said.

"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."

Australia are grouped with Chile, the Netherlands and holders Spain.

Australia squad:

Goalkeepers: Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge)

Defenders: Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng Taishan), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai) , Bailey Wright (Preston North End)

Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets)

* Squad lists are only official once they have been confirmed and published by FIFA on 5 June at 12:00 CET.