Socceroos name squad for Romania match
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is looking forward to running the ruler over Australia's European-based players who return to the side for next Wednesday's friendly against Romania in Spain.
Osieck named a 19-man squad for the match which includes English Premier League based stars Mark Schwarzer and Brett Holman for the clash at Estadio Ciudad de Malaga.
Osieck is looking forward to using the match to assess where his players are at leading into the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier against Oman in Sydney on March 26.
"I had a good look at the Australian-based and Asian-based players in Korea (Republic) and Hong Kong (EAFF East Asian Cup Qualifiers) so this is a good opportunity for me to check the performance of the European-based players that I haven't seen since last October," said Osieck.
"Over the past week or so, I have also been scouting a number of players throughout Europe, so I have a good idea on where they are currently at, but being in camp will give me a much better idea."
Middlesborough midfielder Rhys Williams returns to the Socceroos squad after recovering from an ankle injury that he sustained in August last year.
The Socceroos are currently ranked 36th in the FIFA World Rankings while Romania are ranked No.33.
Socceroos squad: Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa), Alex Brosque (Al-Ain Club), Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Adam Federici (GK, Reading), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Brett Holman (Aston Villa), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng), Matt Mckay (Changchun Yatai), Lucas Neill (Al-Wasl), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht), Nikita Rukavytsya (FSV Mainz), Mark Schwarzer (GK, Fulham), Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht).