YORK City could have two former players at next month’s World Cup finals with James Meredith having made the provisional 26-man Australian squad.

Ex-City loan keeper Nick Pope has already been named in the England party and Meredith will join him in Russia, if he survives the final Socceroos’ three-player cut.

The 30-year-old left back, who made 162 appearances and scored three goals for the Minstermen between 2009 and 2012, won the last of his two international caps in 2015, but he was an ever-present in the Millwall side that narrowly missed out on a Championship play-off place last season.

Meredith has already survived one squad trimming, which saw 32 players reduced to 26, and will now take part in a pre-tournament training camp in Turkey, with the final squad set to be confirmed on June 3 - two days after a friendly in the Czech Republic.

A further warm-up match will take place in Hungary on June 9, before the squad focus on group clashes against France, Denmark and Peru.

Meredith, who arrived at Bootham Crescent from Shrewsbury following a six-month loan stint at Telford, left City after being a key member of the double-Wembley winning squad of 2012.

He subsequently spent five seasons with Bradford City – the latter four in League One – before jumping up a division to sign for Millwall last summer after they denied the Bantams promotion to the Championship in the play-off final.

Meredith is joined by six other English-based players in the current Australian squad.

They are Mat Ryan (Brighton), Jackson Irvine (Hull), Mike Jedinak (Aston Villa), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield) and Tim Cahill (Millwall).

Elsewhere, released City pair Daniel Rowe and James Gray have joined Evo-Stik Northern Premier League division one east outfit Frickley Athletic.