The former Everton star joined New York Red Bulls last month and indicated he did not want to be considered for Socceroos friendlies until he had settled into his new life.
Also returning after missing the recent 3-1 defeat by Scotland are Matt McKay, Jade North, Nikita Rukavytsya, Adam Sarota and Matthew Spiranovic.
Austrian-based midfielder James Holland gets his first call-up since March, while goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is poised to become the first Australian to win 100 caps, should he take the field.
Australia are currently third in Group B in final Asian FIFA World Cup qualifying with two points from two games, the same as Iraq. Japan are top on seven points from three matches.
Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Tim Cahill, David Carney, Jason Davidson, Adam Federici, James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Nikita Rukavytsya, Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer, Matthew Spiranovic, Archie Thompson, Luke Wilkshire.