New York Red Bulls veteran Tim Cahill leads the inclusions for Australia, who face Oman in a crucial AFC 2014 World Cup qualifier on March 26
|By JAMES WILLOUGHBY
Tim Cahill will return to the Australia squad for a crucial 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Oman in Sydney on March 26, while youngsters Tommy Oar and Tom Rogic also won selection.
Cahill, who missed February's 3-2 loss to Romania in Spain, has not played for his country since scoring in a 2-1 World Cup qualifier win against Iraq in October.
The 33-year-old recently begun a new season with his club, MLS outfit New York Red Bulls, and has played both of their matches this campaign.
Cahill has made 57 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 25 goals.
Oar and Rogic – two of Australia's brightest young talents – also returned to the Osieck's 23-man squad after not featuring against Romania.
Oar has made 20 appearances for FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie this season, while Rogic, who moved to Celtic in January, has made a good impression at the Scottish giants.
Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak has also won a recall, while former Gold Coast United defender Dino Djulbic – now at Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates – was also selected.
Djulbic has played just twice for the Socceroos, with both appearances coming in the East Asian Cup qualifiers in December.
The Socceroos will be without the services of captain Lucas Neill and Carl Valeri due to suspension, with goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer a candidate to wear the armband in the absence of the skipper.
The squad has been bolstered by the presence of six A-League players, with Melbourne Victory duo Mark Milligan and Archie Thompson involved.
Also picked were Eugene Galekovic [Adelaide United], Jade North [Brisbane Roar], Mat Ryan [Central Coast Mariners] and Michael Thwaite [Perth Glory].
Ranked 37th in the world, the Socceroos will enter the match as favourites against Oman, who are 105th in the world.The fixture is pivotal in Australia's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the Socceroos sitting second in Group B with five points from four games.
Iraq and Oman - third and fourth respectively - also have five points, while bottom-placed Jordan have four.
Japan comfortably top the group with 13 points from their five matches, and with the top two teams automatically qualifying for the World Cup, the clash against Oman will present the Socceroos with a great chance to move closer to top spot.
Full squad: Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Tim Cahill, Robert Cornthwaite, Dino Djulbic, Eugene Galekovic, James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Ryan McGowan, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Jade North, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Mathew Ryan, Mark Schwarzer, Archie Thompson, Michael Thwaite, Luke Wilkshire, Rhys Williams, Michael Zullo.