Milos Degenek of 1860 Munich in action.
Milos Degenek of 1860 Munich in action. Johannes Simon

Four get chance to play against England

The absence of several star players has given four rookies the chance to make a fairytale debut for the Socceroos against England later this month.

Among those left out of Ange Postecoglou's squad were Tim Cahill, Trent Sainsbury, Nathan Burns, Apostolos Giannou, Ryan McGowan and Matthew Spiranovic - all playing in Asia where the season is in full swing.

Mathew Leckie will also miss the game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light on May 27 to get married, and Jason Geria (AFC Champions League) and Alex Gersbach (Norwegian league) are also unavailable.

Postecoglou has named uncapped quartet Milos Degenek, Brad Inman, Jamie Maclaren and Stefan Mauk among nine changes from the squad which beat Tajikistan and Jordan in World Cup qualifiers in March.

Craig Goodwin, who recently moved from Adelaide United to Sparta Rotterdam, has earned a recall after winning two caps under the reign of Holger Osieck.

As the international with England falls outside the official FIFA window, clubs are not obliged to release players, but Postecoglou said it was a chance for others to prove their worth.

"We have had to cast the net far and wide again, and at the same time I think we have come up with a squad that will be really competitive on the day," he said.

"More importantly for me, it gives me a chance to see some further growth in some players against the best possible opposition.

"Due to this unique set of circumstances, we will name another squad next week for the upcoming matches against Greece (in June)."

Degenek captained the Joeys and has had a decent season with 1860 Munich in Germany's Bundesliga second division. Born in Croatia, he moved to Sydney when he was seven and has played for Serbia under-19s.

He can play at centre-back or defensive midfield.

Maclaren and Mauk have been rewarded for top seasons with Perth Glory and Adelaide respectively, while 24-year-old Inman has scored 10 goals this season for Crew Alexandra in League One in England.

Inman has represented Scotland at U19 and U21 level, but has been persuaded by Postecoglou to switch allegiances to Australia.

The coach said he was looking foward to the challenge against England, which will name its squad for Euro 2016 tonight.

SQUAD: Adam Federici, Mitch Langerak, Mat Ryan, Josh Risdon, Brad Smith, Bailey Wright, Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Wilkinson, Chris Ikonomidis, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Craig Goodwin, Massimo Luongo, Stefan Mauk, Matt McKay, Robbie Kruse, Jamie Maclaren, Brad Inman, Tomi Juric.

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