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Cahill omitted from Socceroos squad

November 30, 2012
By ESPN staff

Tim Cahill was the biggest casualty from the Socceroos squad as Holger Osieck named his side for the friendly with Romania on February 6.

Tim Cahill will be back in Australian colours
GettyImagesTim Cahill has been overlooked by Holger Osieck

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Osieck named a 19-man squad for the match which will be played in Malaga, Spain and the omission of Cahill has raised doubts over his future in the national setup.

The 33-year-old has resumed pre-season training with his New York Red Bulls side and has been overlooked in favour for European-based players.

Middlesborough defender Rhys Williams, FC Utrecht's Michael Zullo, Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici and Heracles defender Jason Davidson have all been recalled for Australia, while Korea-based Robert Cornthwaite retained his place in the squad.

Osieck opted not to select any A-League players for the friendly after taking an all Australian-based team to the East Asian Cup qualifiers last month.

"I had a good look at the Australian-based and Asian-based players in Korea Republic and Hong Kong at EAFF East Asian Cup Qualifiers so this is a good opportunity for me to check the performance of the European-based players that I haven't seen since last October," he said.

"Over the past week or so, I have also been scouting a number of players throughout Europe, so I have a good idea on where they are currently at, but being in camp will give me a much better idea.

"One player who was definitely in contention for selection was Adam Sarota, but unfortunately a recent serious knee injury has ruled him out. We wish Adam a safe and speedy recovery and hope to see him on the field soon enough.

"In terms of Romania, it's no secret that they are a quality team, well placed in their qualification group and they play good football.

"It's always good to test ourselves against tough opposition and Romania will be a good yard-stick for us in the lead up to our game against Oman in March."

Socceroos squad: Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Robert Cornthwaite, Jason Davidson, Adam Federici (GK), James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Ryan McGowan, Matt McKay, Lucas Neill, Tommy Oar, Nikita Rukavytsya, Mark Schwarzer, Luke Wilshire, Rhys Williams, Michael Zullo.