Perth marquee man Mile Sterjovski admits he felt bitter-sweet emotions upon hearing about his Socceroos recall after Glory teammates Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne missed out on selection.
Sterjovski received a welcome call-up on Wednesday for Australia's Asian Cup qualifier against Oman in Muscat on November 14.
But there was no room in the 23-man squad for Coyne or Burns, who like Sterjovski ended their overseas careers in order to link up with the Glory in the A-League.
"I would have liked to have been back in the squad together with Jacob Burns and Chris Coyne," Sterjovski said on Thursday.
"Unfortunately that didn't happen this time but I'm sure they can come back into the squad in the future.
"We are all good mates and I would love for them to be in the squad and I'm sure they'll be back in the squad in the future."
Sterjovski, Burns and Coyne could leave the Glory in January - more than a month before the finals - to go on loan to overseas clubs in order to stay in top shape ahead of June's World Cup.
"It's difficult because we all want to finish the season off and we are going in the right direction to make the finals," Sterjovski said.
"I think we have the squad to be able win the whole thing so if in the end we do have to leave early it's going to be very disappointing.
"It's something we don't want to do but it's for the Socceroos, it's for the World Cup so it's a huge sacrifice we are going to have to make."
Sterjovski helped launch the 2010 Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon this week, encouraging school kids to enter the popular annual kids triathlon series.
The event, which will hold its WA leg on February 7, aims to set a new world record as the largest under 16s triathlon series on the planet.