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Turkey-based Gulum joins Socceroos squad

Turkish-based, Australian-born defender Ersan Gulum is the intriguing selection in a preliminary 50-man Socceroos squad submitted for January's Asian Cup in Qatar.

Just last month the left footer was called up for the Turkish national team by former Socceroos mentor Guus Hiddink.

But the 23 year-old Besiktas central defender was not used in the friendly against the Netherlands and remains eligible to play for Australia.

He had played twice for the Olyroos but as Gulum does not have a senior cap his national ties are still up in the air.

Striker Joel Griffiths (Beijing Guoan), who was very much on the outer with departed Socceroo coach Pim Verbeek, was amongst those given the nod by new mentor Holger Osieck.

There's a healthy A-League contingent with the likes of Melbourne Victory's wide forward Robbie Kruse, Melbourne Heart midfielder Matthew Thompson and Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque all named.

Victory striker Archie Thompson has also been called-up after just six games back from injury.

The usual Socceroo suspects are there including Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell and Mark Schwarzer with Mark Bresciano and Vince Grella continuing their sabbaticals from the national team.

The international mainstays are joined by the likes of Perth raised midfielder Chris Herd who has just made his Premier League debut with Aston Villa and Portugal-based Jason Davidson, the son of Socceroo great Alan.

The squad will be trimmed to a 23 players on December 28.

Preliminary Socceroos squad: Adam Federici, Bradley Jones, Eugene Galekovic, Mark Schwarzer, Mitchell Langerak, Nathan Coe, Michael Theoklitos, Adrian Madaschi, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, David Carney, Jason Davidson, Luke Devere, Ersan Gulum, Jonathan Mckain, Lucas Neill, Luke Wilkshire, Michael Thwaite, Michael Beauchamp, Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Matthew Spiranovic, Matthew Thompson, Adam Sarota, Brett Emerton, Brett Holman, Carl Valeri, Christopher Herd, Harry Kewell, Jason Culina, Benjamin Kantarovski, Neil Kilkenny, Matthew McKay, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Oliver Bozanic, Richard Garcia, Thomas Oar, Dario Vidosic, David Williams, Archie Thompson, Alex Brosque, Joel Griffiths, Joshua Kennedy, Brent McGrath, Nathan Burns, Nikita Rukavytsya, Robbie Kruse, Ryan Griffiths, Scott McDonald, Tim Cahill.


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