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A long-awaited first cap could be in store next month

Langerak to debut for Australia against Brazil

A long-awaited first cap could be in store next month

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The Bundesliga-based shot-stopper may take his full international bow against the five-time World Cup-winners in September

Mitch Langerak could be set to claim a first cap for the Socceroos against Brazil next month, according to national team coach Holger Osieck.

The 25-year-old, who moved from Melbourne Victory to German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund in 2010, is hoping to usurp veteran Mark Schwarzer for the number one spot.

The issue of first-choice keeper has been thrown into the air after Schwarzer's move to Chelsea in July, where he is unlikely to replace long-term incumbent Petr Cech.

"I have definitely thought about it [playing Langerak against Brazil]," Osieck said.

"In order to really find out what he can do he should get the opportunity on the pitch."

Despite signalling his willingness to examine his alternatives, Osieck does not expect to find Schwarzer too rusty by the time the World Cup starts in June next year.

"The season in England is still pretty young, there are a lot of games coming up and particularly for a team like Chelsea who play in various competitions," he said.

"I have discussed it with Mark and obviously [Chelsea manager Jose] Mourinho and he definitely will give him enough playing time so he can keep his good standard."

While the amount of playing time for both keepers is not as regular as the German tactician would like he believes that the current crop of shot-stoppers available for Socceroo selection is a talented one.

"At present Mark is our leading goalkeeper and I have to find out who else could make the group … there is a good group of goalkeepers so it may be a little early to make a statement on that."

Osieck has stressed that players who are hoping to make the squad for the World Cup must be playing at a decent standard to warrant selection.

"If you don't play at an elevated level then how can you respond to the demands of the biggest tournament in the world?"

"It's a must that they play and some have had really good starts and others are coming to the end of their pre-season but at least everybody is now playing and everybody has a good club."

Osieck also has high hopes for the upcoming friendly matches against the football super-powers of Brazil and France, where he expects his charges to cause headaches for the world class opposition.

"We are playing the top teams in the world … Brazil and we have France so we can see who has the potential and who can play efficiently at that level," Osieck said.

The Socceroos will face off against the Selecao on Saturday the September 7, before lining up against Les Bleus on the October 11.

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