Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has made four changes to his squad for the upcoming international against Japan, which will be the Socceroos final match before hosting the AFC Asian Cup.
Postecoglou summoned A-League midfielders Terry Antonis, Mitch Nichols, Matt McKay and Aaron Mooy, with the quartet missing the matches against United Arab Emirates and Qatar last month. Omitted are Adam Federici, Bernie Ibini, Tomi Juric and Brad Smith.
There are no uncapped players in the 23-man roster to travel to Osaka for the match on 18 November, but McKay returns for the first time following surgery after the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
Western Sydney Wanderers captain Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who starred as the A-League side became AFC Champions League winners on Saturday, has again earned selection but team-mate Juric misses out.
“The Japan match is the final hit out before the Asian Cup and we’ll have a good week of training leading into the game so we can continue to work on what we’ve been trying to achieve before we take on a tough opponent in Japan,” Postecoglou said.
“The squad we’ve selected has a core group of players we have been working with over the last 12 months but it still gives an opportunity to a few more younger players who have started the season well in the A-League.”
Goalkeepers: Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund/Germany), Mat Ryan (Club Brugge/Belgium)
Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor/Turkey), Jason Davidson (West Brom/England), Ivan Franjic (Torpedo Moscow/Russia), Chris Herd (Aston Villa/England), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle/Belgium), Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai/Korea Republic)
Midfielders: Terry Antonis (Sydney FC), Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa/Qatar), Joshua Brillante (Fiorentina/Italy), James Holland (Austria Vienna/Austria), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace/England), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town/England), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Mitch Nichols (Perth Glory), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City)
Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls/USA), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Mathew Leckie (Ingolstadt 04/Germany), James Troisi (SV Zulte Waregem/Belgium)