Pim names newcomers in Socceroos squad
Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek has named three newcomers in a 22-man squad for next week's friendly against Ireland.
Oliver Bozanic, Aaron Mooy and Nikita Rukavytsya have all been named in a Socceroos' squad for the first time for next Wednesday's match in Limerick.
It will be Australia's first match since completing their successful qualifying campaign for next year's World Cup in South Africa.
The squad also includes captain Lucas Neill and fellow stars Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer and Mark Bresciano.
Dario Vidosic and Rhys Williams have kept their places in the squad, after making national debuts in the Socceroos' final qualifier, against Japan at the MCG in June.
This will be the second time the Socceroos have played Ireland, having lost 2-1 in Dublin in 2003.
They have two more friendlies scheduled in the next two months, against South Korea in Seoul in September and the Netherlands in Sydney in October.
Squad: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Nick Carle, David Carney, Ante Covic, James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Harry Kewell, Patrick Kisnorbo, Adrian Madaschi, Scott McDonald, Aaron Mooy, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Nikita Rukavytsya, Mark Schwarzer, Matthew Spiranovic, Dario Vidosic, Rhys Williams, Luke Wilkshire