Australia call up Ryan McGowan in squad to face Scotland

Hearts defender Ryan McGowan

Scotland v Australia

Venue:
Easter Road Stadium
Date:
Wednesday, 15 August
Kick-off:
20:00
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website. TV highlights on BBC One Scotland tbc

Australia have called up Hearts defender Ryan McGowan and Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald for next week's friendly against Scotland.

Aston Villa pair Chris Herd and Brett Holman are also included.

Experienced senior players like Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill are unavailable but Lucas Neill will captain the side despite not having a club.

"Lucas is close to re-signing again with one of the Middle Eastern teams," said coach Holger Osieck.

"In his role as captain he is very important to me and to the team.

"It's very unfortunate for [Harry Kewell] that right now he is hanging in between with no club and still waiting for some kind of signing and I hope that will work out quickly.

"I still think he has great potential.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald has not scored in 25 international appearances, the last of which came in 2010.

McGowan and Jason Davidson, who plays for Dutch side Heracles Almelo, are bidding to win their first senior caps.

Tim Cahill misses out as he is committed to remaining with the New York Red Bulls.

Australia squad:

Goalkeepers: Adam Federici, Mark Schwarzer, Mitch Langerak. Defenders: David Carney, Jason Davidson, Ryan McGowan, Lucas Neill, Sasa Ognenovski, Luke Wilkshire, Rhys Williams. Midfielders: Mark Bresciano, Chris Herd, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Neil Kilkenny, Carl Valeri. Forwards: Alex Brosque, Robbie Kruse, Scott McDonald, Archie Thompson.