Osieck sticks with Socceroos mainstays

SOCCEROOS coach Holger Osieck has named a squad of the tried and tested for next week’s friendly against Lebanon in Beirut and the subsequent World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Amman on September 11.

Coming back into the squad is the Socceroos’ linchpin, Tim Cahill, who missed the recent friendly against Scotland as he settled into life in the USA where he has signed with MLS club New York Red Bulls.

Jade North, Nikita Rukavytsya, Adam Sarota and Matthew Spiranovic have also been recalled while midfielder James Holland, who hasn’t featured for the national team in 18 months, has been included.

However, Harry Kewell, who is still in the hunt for a new club after being turned away by Stoke City, has not been included in the 22-man squad.

Fellow veteran Mark Schwarzer shows no signs of slowing down and if he plays in either match will be come the first player to reach 100 caps for the Socceroos.

There is only one uncapped player in the squad, habitual third-choice goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak. Ryan McGowan and Jason Davidson, who made their respective debuts in this month’s 3-1 friendly defeat against Scotland, have again won selection.

Melbourne Victory defender Mark Milligan was not considered as he has to serve a one-match ban for being sent off against Japan.

Socceroos squad for Jordan and Lebanon matches: Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa, Qatar), Alex Brosque (Shimizu S-Pulse, Japan), Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls, USA), David Carney (FK Bundyodkor Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Jason Davidson (SC Heracles Almelo, Netherlands), Adam Federici (GK) (Reading FC, England), James Holland, (FK Austria Wien, Australia), Brett Holman (Aston Villa FC, England), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace FC, England), Robbie Kruse, (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Mitchell Langerak (GK) (B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany), Ryan McGowan (Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland), Matthew McKay (Busan I’Park, Korea Republic), Lucas Neill, (Al Wasl, UAE), Jade North (Consadole Sapporo, Japan), Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal SC, Qatar), Nikita Rukavytsya (Hertha Berliner SC, Germany), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht, Netherlands), Mark Schwarzer (GK) (Fulham FC, England), Matthew Spiranovic (Al Arabi, Qatar), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory), Luke Wilkshire (FK Dinamo Moscow, Russia)

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