Australia have recalled Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy to their 29-man squad for the World Cup playoff against the United Arab Emirates next month.
Graham Arnold’s side is aiming to keep alive their hopes of a place in November’s tournament.
The two nations will face off in Doha on June 7 after managing third-place finishes in their respective groups during the Asian qualifying.
The winner of the one-off clash will then take on Peru in an intercontinental eliminator on June 13 for a berth at the World Cup.
“We have selected a large squad for this window for a few reasons, but first and foremost because so many of our players have been in great form for their clubs over recent months,” said Arnold.
“Additionally, with several players set to enter the UAE match on yellow cards, we needed to ensure that we have cover in every area to ensure we’re not caught short at any time.”
Mooy and Rogic were both ruled out of March’s meetings with Japan and Saudi Arabia due to fitness issues as Australia was beaten in both games leaving the nation needing to negotiate a way through the playoffs once more.
Guus Hiddink ended Australia’s 32-year World Cup absence with a victory over Uruguay to qualify for the 2006 finals in Germany while 12 years later Ange Postecoglou’s side saw off Syria and Honduras to book a place in Russia.
“Our qualification journey for this year’s FIFA World Cup has been challenging, however the bigger the challenge, the greater the reward,” Arnold said.
“Just like in 2017 and 2005 I have full belief that our boys will emerge through the playoff system and seal Australia a place at the FIFA World Cup.”
The draw for the World Cup has already been made so all the nations yet to qualify, already know their groups.
Australia squad with Tom Rogic:
Goalkeepers: Andrew Redmayne, Mathew Ryan, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Nathaniel Atkinson, Aziz Behich, Jason Davidson, Milos Degenek, Fran Karacic, Joel King, Kye Rowles, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright
Midfielders: Kenny Dougall, Denis Genreau, Craig Goodwin, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Gianni Stensness, Marco Tilio
Forwards: Martin Boyle, Nicholas D’Agostino, Mitchell Duke, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Adam Taggart