Lazio youngster Chris Ikonomidis was the surprise inclusion in Australia's squad for upcoming friendlies.
The inclusion of Lazio youngster Chris Ikonomidis is the biggest surprise in Ange Postecoglou's latest Australia squad, which also includes Luke DeVere and Tarek Elrich.
Defenders DeVere and Elrich has impressed in the A-League for Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United respectively this season, the former having rejoined the Queensland club mid-season after leaving the K-League.
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici and Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy are the other players named who did not feature in the successful Asian Cup campaign on home soil in January.
Injured pair Robbie Kruse and Chris Herd, Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and Sydney FC's Terry Antonis are the four players from that group to miss out on the friendlies against Germany and FYR Macedonia later this month.
"This squad rewards the players who did a marvellous job in claiming the Asian Cup,” head coach Postecoglou said in a statement.
"Winning the Asian Cup was a great reward for the hard work the players put in but we have been pretty consistent in our approach that the Asian Cup win is the start of a journey, not the end.
"The games in Europe offer an opportunity for the likes of DeVere, Elrich, Mooy, Federici and young Chris Ikonomidis. We continue to have one eye on the four-year World Cup cycle and these players have an opportunity to show us how they’ll handle the step up to international level.”
The Socceroos face Germany in Kaiserslautern on March 25, before taking on FYR Macedonia in Skopje five days later.
Australia squad in full: Mat Ryan (Club Brugge), Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Adam Federici (Reading); Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United), Jason Davidson (West Bromwich Albion), Ivan Franjic (Torpedo Moscow), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors); Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), James Troisi (Zulte Waregem), Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City); Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhua), Mathew Leckie (Ingolstadt), Nathan Burns (Wellington Phoenix), Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers), Tommy Oar (Utrecht).comments