Holger Osieck has named his 19-man Australian squad for next week’s international friendly with Romania in Spain.
“I had a good look at the Australian-based and Asian-based players in Korea (Republic) and Hong Kong (EAFF East Asian Cup Qualifiers) so this is a good opportunity for me to check the performance of the European-based players that I haven’t seen since last October,” said Osieck.
“Over the past week or so, I have also been scouting a number of players throughout Europe, so I have a good idea on where they are currently at, but being in camp will give me a much better idea.
“In terms of Romania, it’s no secret that they are a quality team, well placed in their qualification group and they play good football.
“It’s always good to test ourselves against tough opposition and Romania will be a good yard-stick for us in the lead up to our game against Oman in March.”
Australian squad for Romania friendly
Robert Cornthwaite (Chunnam Dragons)
Jason Davidson (SC Heracles Almelo)
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng)
Lucas Neill (Al-Wasl)
Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow)
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough)
Michael Zullo (FC Utrecht)