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Socceroos squad named for NZ friendly

Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck has selected a squad of 23-players for the upcoming international friendly match against New Zealand, to be played at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday 5 June.

The experienced Lucas Neill will captain the side, which includes twelve of the players that were part of the squad that recently defeated Germany 2-1 in an international friendly in Monchengladbach.

Australia will however miss four key players in Tim Cahill, David Carney, Harry Kewell and Mark Schwarzer who are unavailable for selection due to injury concerns.
Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson has been rewarded for his performances in the AFC Champions League with his first selection under Holger Osieck and his first appearance since playing against Kuwait in Canberra last year.
Goalkeepers Adam Federici and Nathan Coe are also named in the squad along with Japanese-based players Alex Brosque, Josh Kennedy, Mark Milligan and Matthew Spiranovic.

Rhys Williams makes his long awaited return to the Qantas Socceroos following a successful recovery from a groin injury that ruled him out of contention to play at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and sidelined him for a large part of the past 12 months.
The history between the two sides dates back to 1922 when they first met in Dunedin on the 17th June. Since then, Australia hold the edge with 37 wins compared to the All Whites with 10 wins and 11 draws recorded. The last time they met was last year prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup when the Socceroos came from a goal down to eventually win 2-1 at the MCG.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand squad is in camp from tonight until Saturday to prepare for their upcoming matches against Mexico and Australia on June 1 and 5 respectively. The Australasian and New Zealand based side will take on a Waitakere United selection tomorrow night in a warm-up match.

All Whites domestic camp
May 24-28
Auckland
NZ Selection v Waitakere United Invitational XI
May 25, 7.30pm
Trusts Stadium, Henderson
Admission: $10 Adults, Kids aged 15 or under free.
International Friendlies
Mexico v New Zealand
INVESCO Field at Mile High
Denver, USA
8pm, June 1, 2011 (2pm, June 2 NZT)
Australia v New Zealand
Adelaide Oval
Adelaide, Australia
5pm, June 5, 2011 (7.30pm NZT)

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