Rookies to be given chance by Verbeek

Pim Verbeek is expected to name up to six debutants for tonight’s Asia Cup qualifier against Indonesia in Jakarta.

Pim Verbeek is expected to name up to six debutants for tonight’s Asia Cup qualifier against Indonesia in Jakarta.

It will be a great test for the all A-League Socceroos and a challenge for those yet to represent their nation on the international circuit.

Melbourne Victory defender Rodrigo Vargas looks set to make his debut in a central defensive role whilst former Bolton winger Scott Jamieson has been earmarked for the left full-back slot.

They will be joined by either Newcastle Jets’ Tarek Elrich or Sydney FC’s Shannon Cole who will slip in to the right full-back role.

Adelaide United midfielder Paul Reid could grab his first cap with a start in central midfield and may be joined by the Queensland Roar’s left winger Matt McKay.

The story of the night would be if Central Coast Mariners hard-nosed midfielder Dean Heffernan could notch up his first international match after missing out against Argentina in 2007 and then being sidelined for much of the 2007/2008 season with a broken leg.

First-timer Eugene Galekovic is expected to take the gloves.

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