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Berger names 20-man party for friendly against Slovenia

Last Updated: 03/08/10 9:37am

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Schwarzer: Australia call-up

Schwarzer: Australia call-up

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Mark Schwarzer and Tim Cahill have been included in Australia's squad for next week's friendly against Slovenia.

The Fulham goalkeeper and Everton midfielder are among 13 players from the World Cup squad to be selected for the Slovenia game by interim coach Han Berger.

Blackburn Rovers duo Vince Grella and Brett Emerton have been left out of the 20-man squad for the game, which takes place just three days before the start of the new Premier League season.

Emerging Socceroos and former Adelaide team-mates Bruce Djite and Nathan Burns have been picked, but there are no places for Harry Kewell, Mark Bresciano or Josh Kennedy.

National technical director Berger said Football Federation Australia (FFA) had discussed the Slovenia match with the likes of Kewell and Emerton and it was decided their interests would be better served staying with their clubs.

"A number of players are not currently available, we discussed this fixture with a number of players, and it was clear that it was important for them to consolidate their positions with their clubs, they missed part of the preparation because of the World Cup," said the Dutchman.

"It is also in our interest that these players will be playing on a regular basis for their clubs and they are available for the matches in September and after that."

Scott Chipperfield and Craig Moore have both retired from international football since the World Cup, while A-League players Jason Culina and Michael Beauchamp have also been left out with the local competition set to begin this week.

There is no recall for Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald, who surprisingly missed out on a trip to South Africa after being cut from the squad at the penultimate stage by Verbeek.

Australia squad to take on Slovenia: Nathan Burns, Tim Cahill, David Carney, Bruce Djite, Adam Federici, Richard Garcia, James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Shane Lowry, Mark Milligan, Jon McKain, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Thomas Oar, Nikita Rukavytsya, Mark Schwarzer, Carl Valeri, Dario Vidosic, Luke Wilkshire.

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