Emerton and Wilkshire named in Aussie squad

Last updated 15:00 22/11/2012

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Brett Emerton and Luke Wilkshire are among a handful of experienced Socceroos named in a preliminary 25-man squad for next month's East Asian Cup qualifying tournament in Hong Kong.

Coach Holger Osieck has picked 19 A-League players, with the balance of the squad made up of players whose clubs have completed their domestic seasons or are about to go on a mid-season break.

The December 1-9 tournament also involving North Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Guam falls outside official FIFA match dates.

Aziz Behich, Eli Babalj and Tom Rogic return to the Australian squad after making their debuts against South Korea last week, along with Robbie Cornthwaite and Michael Thwaite.

The large number of uncapped players includes Terry Antonis and Adam Taggart, who recently helped the Young Socceroos qualify for next year's Under-20 World Cup.

The squad will be cut from 25 to 20 on November 29.

The East Asian Cup is a four-team tournament for men and women held every four years involving Japan, South Korea, China and a qualifier.

Next year's edition will be in Seoul in late July.

Australia: Terry Antonis, Eli Babalj, Aziz Behich, Robbie Cornthwaite, Dino Djulbic, Ivan Franjic, Brett Emerton, Eugene Galekovic, Richard Garcia, Rostyn Griffiths, Ben Halloran, Scott Jamieson, Osama Malik, Michael Marrone, Matt McKay, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Matt Smith, Adam Taggart, Archie Thompson, Michael Thwaite, Dario Vidosic, Luke Wilkshire.

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