Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named a provisional 46-man squad for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 including four uncapped players.
Postecoglou has thrown a lifeline to Rhys Williams and Josh Kennedy, who missed the World Cup with injury, but excluded veteran Socceroo Luke Wilkshire who plays in the Eredivisie top flight with Feyenoord.
Bailey Wright and Adam Taggart were given the nod despite struggling with recent injuries but Celtic's Tom Rogic was overlooked.
Uncapped players Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund II), Luke Brattan (Brisbane Roar), Daniel De Silva (Perth Glory) and Josh Risdon (Perth Glory) will get their chance to impress.
While Nathan Burns has been rewarded with a call-up following his blistering start to the A-League season with Wellington Phoenix.
The squad, which will be trimmed to 23 before the tournament starts, reflects Postecoglou’s desire to broaden the national team's talent pool ahead of kick-off on January 9.
The provisional Socceroos squad contains:
• 30 players who have taken the field in five internationals since the World Cup. Plus a further two named in squads without taking the field.
• All 23 members of the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad
• Four uncapped players
• 16 players from the Hyundai A-League
“I’m happy with the depth of squad we have been able to name and it is now up to these 46 guys to ensure they are selected in the final squad for the Asian Cup and rise to the challenge ahead,” Postecoglou said.
“We have set about trying to broaden the depth of players and I’m happy with how that has transpired over the last five matches since the World Cup. We have a good group of players to choose from for what will be an exciting time for Australian football," Postecoglou said.
“Josh, Robbie (Kruse) and Rhys missed the World Cup through injury so it is nice to be able to select them in the provisional squad and there is no doubt their proven international record will give us a boost if they are named in the final squad of 23.
There is also hope for Hyundai A-League players Terry Antonis, Luke Brattan, Nathan Burns, Daniel De Silva, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Tomi Juric, Aaron Mooy, Mitch Nichols, Josh Risdon, Nikita Rukavytsya, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who have come into the frame after good early season domestic form.
“We still have three or four weeks before we finalise the squad so there is opportunity for all 46 players to push their claims for inclusion in the final list of 23.”
Socceroos Squad announcement timetable:
1. AFC Asian Cup regulations specify a squad of between 23-50 players must be nominated to the AFC by December 9.
2. The final squad of 23 must be submitted by December 30.
3. Players injured up to the start of the tournament can be replaced but the new player must come from the original list submitted on December 9.
Mustafa Amini, B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany -
Terry Antonis, Sydney FC, Australia
Aziz Behich, Bursaspor, Turkey
Oliver Bozanic FC Luzern, Switzerland
Luke Brattan, Brisbane Roar, Australia -
Mark Bresciano, Al Gharafa, Qatar
Joshua Brillante, ACF Fiorentina, Italy
Nathan Burns, Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Tim Cahill, New York Red Bulls, USA
Jason Davidson, West Bromwich Albion F.C., England
Daniel De Silva, Perth Glory, Australia
Adam Federici (gk), Reading FC, England
Ivan Franjic FK Torpedo Moskva, Russia
Eugene Galekovic (gk), Adelaide United, Australia
Ben Halloran, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany
Chris Herd, Aston Villa, England
James Holland, FK Austria Vienna, Austria
Bernie Ibini-Isei, Sydney FC, Australia
Mile Jedinak, Crystal Palace FC, England
Brad Jones (gk) Liverpool FC, England
Tomi Juric, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Josh Kennedy, Nagoya Grampus, Japan
Robbie Kruse, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany
Mitchell Langerak (gk), B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany
Mathew Leckie, FC Ingolstadt 04, Germany
Massimo Luongo, Swindon Town FC, England
Ryan McGowan, Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, China
Matt McKay, Brisbane Roar, Australia
Mark Milligan, Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Aaron Mooy, Melbourne City, Australia
Mitch Nichols, Perth Glory, Australia
Tommy Oar, FC Utrecht, Netherlands
Josh Risdon, Perth Glory, Australia
Nikita Rukavytsya, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Mat Ryan (gk), Club Brugge KV, Belgium
Trent Sainsbury, P.E.C. Zwolle, Netherlands
Brad Smith, Liverpool FC, England
Matthew Spiranovic, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Adam Taggart, Fulham FC, England
Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
James Troisi, S.V. Zulte Waregem, Belgium
Carl Valeri, Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Dario Vidosic, FC Sion, Switzerland
Alex Wilkinson, Jeonbuk Hyundai FC, Korea Republic
Rhys Williams, Middlesbrough, England
Bailey Wright, Preston North End FC, England
SOCCEROOS ASIAN CUP GROUP STAGE MATCHES
Australia v Kuwait
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Friday, January 9
8pm kick off (AEDT)
Australia v Oman
Tuesday 13 January
8pm kick off (AEDT)
Australia v Korea Republic
Saturday 17 January
7pm kick off (8pm AEDT)