Australian national team coach Holger Osieck has named a preliminary squad of 50 for next monthâ€™s Asian Cup tournament.
The Socceroos will compete with 15 other Asian nations in Qatar, kicking off on January 7, and are among the top three favourites to take out the event.
Osieckâ€™s 50-man squad includes 17 A-League players including Melbourne Victory strike pair Archie Thompson and Robbie Kruse, in-form Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and his Brisbane Roar counterpart Michael Theoklitos, Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque and young Roar defender Luke DeVere.
The squad will be trimmed to the final 23 on December 28.
50-man preliminary Australian squad for Asian Cup