Socceroos squad announced for Scotland match
By The Roar, 8 Aug 2012
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has announced his 20-player squad for the upcoming international friendly match with Scotland on August 15th.
Lucas Neill, who is currently without a club, is set to lead the Socceroos in what will be his 50th match as captain.
Osieck’s squad includes a mix of European based players, with the sole A-League player Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson.
Former A-League players include Mitch Langerak, Alex Brosque and Robbie Kruse.
The bolter of the squad is Jason Davidson, son of Socceroo great Alan Davidson. Davidson has spent three years in Portugal, and the Netherlands, and the 21-year-old defender broke into the Heracles Almelo first team at the end of the 2011/12 Dutch season.
Ryan McGowan is also selected for the first time.
Tim Cahill, now playing in the USA’s MLS,3 retains his spot while Harry Kewell misses out.
The Socceroos have played Scotland on four previous occasions – the last game in 2000, where Australia won 2-0 at Hampden Park.
The friendly game will prepare the team for the final round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Jordan on 11 September and Iraq on 16 October.
The full squad reads as follows:
Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, David Carney, Jason Davidson, Adam Federici, Chris Herd, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Neil Kilkenny, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Scott McDonald, Ryan McGowan, Lucas Neill, Sasa Ognenovski, Mark Schwarzer, Archie Thompson, Carl Valeri, Luke Wilkshire, Rhys Williams.
The match will be broadcast at 5am on FoxSports on August 16th.
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