Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Australia drafted midfielder Mark Bresciano into its squad after a 19-month absence for next week’s soccer World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia
The 32-year-old Bresciano, who last represented the Socceroos at the 2010 World Cup and plays for Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates, was named today in a 19-man squad for the Feb. 29 match in Melbourne.
“Mark plays regularly and scores regularly for his club so I wanted to see what he can do for us,” Socceroos coach Holger Osieck said in a news conference. “We have a long campaign ahead of us and we still need some additional experience and additional quality. I think mentally he is ready to be back.”
Australia has already secured a spot in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 tournament after winning four of its opening five matches in third-round group play.
SOCCEROOS SQUAD: Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Nicky Carle, David Carney, Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell, Michael Marrone, Mark Milligan, Lucas Neill (captain), Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Erik Paartalu, Matthew Ryan, Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer, Matthew Spiranovic, Michael Thwaite, Archie Thompson, James Troisi.
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