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By ESPN Staff

A-League star Carle back in national squad

MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) - Coach Graham Arnold has recalled A-League Player of the Year Nick Carle to the Australia squad for the international friendly clash with China in Guangzhou on March 24.

The Newcastle midfielder was named in a 20-man squad with Melbourne striker Archie Thompson and Newcastle defender Jade North the only other Australian-based players.

Injury ruled out Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Craig Moore while the Middlesbrough trio of Mark Schwarzer, Mark Viduka and Brad Jones were all included despite their side being scheduled to face Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay on Monday.

Carle's selection after a fine season for Newcastle ends a three-year spell in the international wilderness and he would earn a second cap if selected.

'I want to do my best to prove that I am capable of being there,' Carle said on Thursday.

'If I do get any game time I'm going to be doing the best I can and hope to repay the favour of showing faith in me.'

The match forms part of Australia's preparations for their first Asian Cup finals appearance in July, where they have been paired with Oman, Thailand and Iraq in the group stages.

Australia squad: Michael Beauchamp, Mark Bresciano, Jacob Burns, Nick Carle, Jason Culina, Vince Grella, Ryan Griffiths, Brett Holman, Brad Jones, Patrick Kisnorbo, Scott McDonald, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Mark Schwarzer, Shane Stefanutto, Mile Sterjovski, Archie Thompson, Michael Thwaite, Mark Viduka, Luke Wilkshire.