Everton star Tim Cahill has been named in Holger Osieck's 18-man squad for Australia's friendly with Wales next week. The German tactician has announced his squad to take on Gary Speed's Dragons at Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday, August 10 and the most notable inclusion is Cahill who missed the Socceroos' double header in Australia against New Zealand and Serbia in June.
Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer also returns along with Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald whilst Blackburn Rovers midfielder Brett Emerton is set to become the second most capped Socceroo behind Schwarzer when he equals Alex Tobin's total 87 internationals.
This will be the first official match between Wales and Australia at senior men's international level.
Wales are currently (as of 27 July 2011) 112th in the FIFA World Rankings whilst Australia is 23rd . Wales are in Group G of the Euro 2012 Championships qualification along with England, Montenegro, Switzerland and Bulgaria.
On the weekend they were drawn in group A of the 2014 FIFA World Cup European qualifiers with FYR Macedonia, Scotland, Belgium, Serbia and Croatia.
The Socceroos will assemble in Wales on Monday 8th August after completing their weekend club commitments.
Australia squad for Wales friendly
Tim Cahill (Everton, ENG) Luke DeVere (Gyeongnam, KOR) Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, ENG) Adam Federici (gk - Reading, ENG) Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, NED) Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, ENG) Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City, ENG) Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf, GER) Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough, ENG) Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar, AUS) Lucas Neill (uncontracted) Mark Schwarzer (gk - Fulham, ENG) Matthew Spiranovic (Urawa Reds, JPN) James Troisi (Kayserispor, TUR) Carl Valeri (Sassuolo, ITA) Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow, RUS) Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough, ENG) Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht, NED)