Strong Australia squad for Brazil clash

Australia will take a strong squad to Brazil for a friendly next month with coach Holger Osieck saying he is keen to see how they compared to such a quality team.

Along with high-profile regulars such as Mark Schwarzer, Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill, Osieck included striker Mitchell Duke who impressed on his debut at the recent EAFF East Asian Cup in Korea Republic.

Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams also returns after missing the Asian qualifying matches in June when Australia clinched their spot at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

"The main point is to compare where we stand against one of the top teams in the world. From there we can plan our training content and other matters in the lead-up to next year's World Cup," said Osieck.

"To be able to travel to the country that is hosting the World Cup a year ahead is also of great value.

"The players will be able to familiarise themselves with various factors that they will experience next year so it won't be a surprise next June.

"It will also be interesting to see how we are received having to play the host nation in Brazil with a large home crowd."

The clash in Brasilia on 7 September will be the seventh match between the Socceroos and Brazil, and the first since the Brazil's 2-0 victory in the group phase of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Australia squad
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Mat Ryan (Brugge, Belgium), Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea, England)

Defenders: Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons, Korea Republic), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng, China PR), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardija, Japan), Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal, Qatar), Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow, Russia), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough, England)

Midfielders: Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa, Qatar), James Holland (Austria Vienna, Austria), Brett Holman (Al Nasr, UAE), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, England), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tommy Oar (Utrecht, Netherlands), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls, USA), Mitchell Duke (Central Coast Mariners) Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus, Japan), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory)