Mark Schwarzer is the most notable absentee as Australia coach Holger Osieck looks to give youth a chance in their upcoming friendlies against France and Canada as they build towards the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
2012 witnessed the decisive fourth round of qualifying in the Asian Zone for Brazil 2014. It's Japan who appear to be in the strongest position, while Australia will look to make home advantage count during the next calendar year.
As is our Sunday tradition FIFA.com looks ahead to a week of birthdays across the globe including London 2012 gold medallist Lauren Cheney, Peru great Claudio Pizarro and Argentina FIFA World Cup™ winner Jorge Valdano.
Korea Republic were the big winners on Matchday 3 of Asian qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, while Australia and Japan fought out a delicious 1-1 draw in a replay of last year's AFC Asian Cup final.
Australia bravely battled back after Mark Milligan's sending off to draw 1-1 with Japan, who were also reduced to ten men in the closing stages of this entertaining qualifier.
Australia's Luke Wilkshere has warned his fellow Socceroos that they must get off to a winning start in their Brazil 2014 qualifiers, as they do not want to be chasing Japan from the off.