Places still up for grabs for Socceroos

COACH Ange Postecoglou has sent a message to fringe Socceroos players that they are still a chance to make the Asian Cup side after naming a 23-man squad for the friendly with Japan in Osaka later this month.

Postecoglou made five changes from the squad which drew with United Arab Emirates and lost to Qatar last month.

Matt McKay (pictured) is chosen for the first time since the World Cup because of an ankle operation he had after that tournament, while there are recalls for Mitch Nichols, Terry Antonis, Aaron Mooy and Robbie Kruse.

Adam Federici, Bernie Ibini, Tomi Juric and Brad Smith all miss out, while Tommy Oar is injured, but the coach said he was still looking at his options ahead of the Asian Cup, which starts in January on home soil.

"We're still trying to broaden our playing pool," Postecoglou said yesterday.

"We want to play a certain style of football and we're looking for players who fit it into that."

Postecoglou said he was not worried about the standard of the domestic competition and had no doubts players from the A-League could play at the highest level.

"I've been really impressed with the A-League," he said.

The friendly in Japan on November 18 is the final one before the Asian Cup.

Socceroos squad: Terry Antonis, Aziz Behich, Mark Bresciano, Joshua Brillante, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Chris Herd, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Mitch Nichols, Aaron Mooy, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, James Troisi, Alex Wilkinson



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