It's sure to be a settled squad of established players Holger Osieck picks for the game against Brazil next month, but here are some of the fringe candidates worth a call-up
Australia coach Holger Osieck is due to name his squad on Wednesday for the glamour friendly away to Confederations Cup-winners Brazil next month.
The German has said the trip to Brasilia will be used as a logistical scouting mission ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as an opportunity for the players to test themselves against the sort of elite opponents they are likely to meet at the tournament.
Given the coach's cautious nature, we will probably see close to a full-strength team picked to face the Selecao on September 7, but - assuming he selects mostly European-based players - here are some of the other names we think should be under discussion.
1) Jason Davidson
Holger Osieck doesn't know what to do about Australia's problem left-back spot. He said so himself last month. The German took Craig Goodwin to Korea but - like many others - prefers the Newcastle Jets young gun further forward, leaving Matt McKay streets ahead of Michael Thwaite in the race for a starting berth at the World Cup, despite both players being stand-ins.
Meaningful candidates are few and far between, but until Adama Traore's international eligibility is determined, Davidson, who has played the last two Eredivisie games for Heracles at left-back, at least deserves a look.
2) Shane Lowry
While Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenosvki remain first choice, Ryan McGowan made a strong case to be considered at centre-back with some assured performances at the East Asian Cup. Rhys Williams has had his chance and underwhelmed. Although he remains a long-term prospect, it should be Lowry's turn.
The English Championship is far from a haven for considered, technical football, but it is a good, hard test of a player's capabilities, and someone who has nailed down a spot in the Millwall first team is worthy of Osieck's attention.
3) Oliver Bozanic
The only way for a player previously not under national team consideration to force their way into contention is to become impossible for a coach to ignore. With five goals in his first six games at Luzern earning him the Swiss Super League's Player of the Month award, Bozanic's star turn, if it continues, could see him become a realistic alternative to the likes of Brett Holman and Tom Rogic in attacking midfield.
4) Mathew Leckie
Josh Kennedy and Tim Cahill won't be around forever, and Scott McDonald - in green and gold at least - was never around in the first place. Osieck began the search for a new generation of strikers when he blooded Mitchell Duke and Tomi Juric to good effect at the East Asian Cup. From the pool of Australians plying their trade in Europe, Leckie is worth a look. The 22-year-old has already scored twice in four games since swapping Borussia Monchengladbach for second tier FSV Frankfurt.
5) Daniel De Silva
An absolute bolter, in the manner of a 17-year-old Theo Walcott's inclusion in England's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, taking Da Silva to Brazil next month is the last thing we would expect from the predictable Osieck, and we're not suggesting the Perth Glory teenager be thrown in at the deepest of ends in the game at Brasilia's Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha. But the experience of travelling to South America and training with the full national team could prove to be invaluable in spurring on the development of one of Australia's most exciting young talents.