The veteran duo are still valued by the Socceroos coach, who was left delighted with the commitment shown by both players in private talks
Holger Osieck said an "intense" conversation with Harry Kewell and a long chat with Tim Cahill has left in him no doubt of the veteran duo's worth to the Socceroos.
Both attackers have been called up by Osieck in a 26-man squad for June 2's friendly against Denmark, with the list to be whittled to 23 for Australia's opening fourth-round AFC World Cup qualifier against Oman in Muscat six days later. The Socceroos then host Japan on June 12.
Kewell's season ended with Melbourne Victory's final match of the 2011-12 A-League season in March, while Cahill has not represented his country since September due to injury.
Osieck will use the friendly against Denmark and accompanying training camp in Copehagen to gauge the fitness of both players as well as several others in the 26-man squad whose domestic seasons have already been completed, including Kewell's Victory team-mate Archie Thompson.
But he came away from discussions with both Kewell and Cahill confident of their commitment to international football.
"It is no secret that some of the players had already terminated their season, so they are in the break of three weeks or so," Osieck said.
"It is always not positive for match fitness. They may be healthy, they may be ok, they may be in good spirit, but to be in the rhythm… for international demands, it's a different story. Therefore, I need to clearance if they are ready to do the job for us.
"[Harry] and I had a very, very intense chat with him. He is aware of the situation, he knows my point. He was training on a private basis with a personal trainer and I will definitely give him the opportunity to show whether it was good enough or not."
Kewell started in the Socceroos' 4-2 win over Saudi Arabia in February in third-round qualifying and had a "decent" game, according to Osieck.
"… Whenever he played for the team since I've been in charge, he did a job," Osieck said.
"Why should I not give him the opportunity to show he is in a good state to play? [His] commitment in itself is a very positive one.
"Harry has still a lot of potential [to play for the Socceroos], you can't argue that."
It was a similar case for Cahill: "I don't know how long, but we had a chat for two or three hours. It was a very good chat. Tim still can bring a lot into our team," Osieck said.
"And in what I said in regards to Harry and the other guys, he showed a great deal of commitment, he wants to be involved.
"He is still good enough to play, and I hope he can do a great job when we play in our qualifiers."