Verbeek names all Euro-based Australia squad for South Africa friendly
The squad is quite similar to the one that has been involved in recent World Cup Asian region qualifiers, with one notable inclusion being veteran Scott Chipperfield who has recovered from a foot injury and is in good form following an important goal for his club FC Basel in a Champions League match midweek.
This match, along with a following friendly against the Netherlands, is being used as a build-up to the Socceroos next round of qualifiers commencing in September.
The Socceroos squad consists of all European-based players and after a strong showing last night by the Australian Olympic team which is made up of mainly A-League players it could be seen by some as a snub for the nation's number one league, but Verbeek insists it isn't.
"I am very appreciative of the generosity of the coaches of the Hyundai A-League earlier this year, in letting players join the national team in the season, but it's important now when a new season starts that the Hyundai A-League can start with full strength squads."
The Socceroos squad is as follows:
Michael Beauchamp (Aalborg BK, Denmark), Mark Bresciano (Palermo, Italy), Nick Carle (Crystal Palace, England), Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel, Switzerland), Chris Coyne (Colchester United, England), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England), Vince Grella (Torino, Italy), Brett Holman (AZ Alkmaar, Holland), Josh Kennedy (SC Karlsruhe, Germany), Harry Kewell (Galatasaray, Turkey), Scott McDonald (Celtic, Scotland), Lucas Neill (West Ham United, England), Michael Petkovic (Sivasspor, Turkey), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, England), Mile Sterjovski (Derby County, England), Carl Valeri (Grosseto, Italy), Luke Wilkshire (FC Twente, Holland).