Duke, Rogic in line to face Brazil
Socceroo tyros Mitchell Duke and Tom Rogic are in line to face Brazil with coach Holger Osieck saying he's likely to give them game time as he seeks to test his youngsters against the might of the five-time world champions.
Playmaker Rogic, who made the move to Scottish giants Celtic in January, has continued to strengthen his cause for a World Cup berth.
Duke meanwhile, scored his way onto Holger's radar with two goals in as many games in what was an impressive East Asian Cup campaign for the Central Coast striker in July and will get another chance to stake his claim for a ticket to Brazil on Saturday (Sunday AEST).
Osieck has said he plans to use any international friendlies to continue to fine-tune his squad before deciding who will earn a place in next year's showpiece.
Saturday's clash at the 70,000-seater Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, one of the World Cup venues, will serve as a perfect rehearsal with only nine months to go before the tournament kicks off.
And in what will help replicate the feel of a World Cup clash a near-capacity crowd is expected on Saturday, which also happens to be Brazilian independence day with mass celebrations planned for the capital.
With a match against France to follow next month Osieck will get to test his charges against another world class opponent.
And he says Duke and Rogic are two players he wants to see more of on the pitch.
"I will definitely use the games coming up to give them playing time. I need to see them. It's not enough just to have them in camp and train," he said.
Asked if the duo fill feature on Saturday he said: "I think it's pretty likely because I have the option to substitute six players."
Osieck made a point of saying while he'll be eyeing out the squad's youngsters no-one will escape his scrutiny.
"Basically I'm interested in (seeing) everybody that's for sure," he said.
"But some players only have a fewer number of caps, Mitch Duke for instance, I want to see him and how he deals with the situation here.
"How he moves within our squad. It's a new challenge. Most players he just knows from TV and now he's in that group. It's important for me to see how he adapts."
Apart from assessing his squad Osieck said getting the chance to asses things like climate and logistics in Brazil was just as crucial.
"It's a good opportunity to get an idea of the host country for next year and apart from the game itself there are a lot of elements that have to be experienced and it's not the easiest place to play like a European World Cup," he said.
"We have to adapt to circumstances and environmental issues. Therefore I think it's equally as important as the game."