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Crystal Palace captain Jedinak, Lazio young gun Ikonomidis in Australia squad

Ange Postecoglou has named a 23-man Australia squad for a couple of friendlies later this month.

The Socceroos, fresh off winning the 2015 Asian Cup in January, take on World Champions Germany and FYR Macedonia in Europe later in March with Postecoglou making five changes to the squad that beat South Korea in Sydney.

Mark Bresciano (retired), Chris Herd and Robbie Kruse (both injured) and Eugene Galekovic and Terry Antyonis (Olyroos selection) will miss out but Postecoglou has extended opportunities to a trio of uncapped players.

Talented Lazio striker Chris Ikonomidis, Brisbane Roar defender Luke DeVere and Adelaide United's Tarek Elrich will all get their chance to debut while Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici and Melbourne City's Aaron Mooy are back in the reckoning.

Postecoglou said: "This squad rewards the players who did a marvellous job in claiming the Asian Cup.

"Winning the Asian Cup was a great reward for the hard work the players put in but we have been pretty consistent in our approach that the Asian Cup win is the start of a journey, not the end.

"The games in Europe offer an opportunity for the likes of DeVere, Elrich, Mooy, Federici and young Chris Ikonomidis.

"We continue to have one eye on the four-year World Cup cycle and these players have an opportunity to show us how they'll handle the step up to international level."

Australia meet Germany at Fritz-Walter-Stadion, Kaiserslautern on Wednesday, 25 March (Thursday, 26 March European time), before taking on Macedonia at the National Arena Philip II of Macedonia Stadium in Skopje five days later.

Australia squad for Germany and Macedonia friendlies


Adam Federici (Reading, ENG) Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund, GER) Mat Ryan (Club Brugge, BEL)


Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, TUR) Jason Davidson (West Bromwich Albion, ENG) Luke DeVere (Brisbane Roar) Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United) Ivan Franjic (Torpedo Moscow, RUS) Trent Sainsbury (PEC Zwolle, NED) Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers) Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Hyundai, KOR)


Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace, ENG) Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town, ENG) Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar) Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory) Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City) Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht, NED) James Troisi (Zulte-Waregem, BEL)


Nathan Burns (Wellington Phoenix) Tim Cahill (Shanghai Shenhiua, CHN) Chris Ikonomidis (Lazio, ITA) Tomi Juric (Western Sydney Wanderers) Mathew Leckie (FC Ingolstadt, GER)

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