Kewell, Cahill to miss Australia-Scotland friendly

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SYDNEY (AP) -Veterans Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill have been left out of Australia's squad for next week's international friendly against Scotland in Edinburgh.

Kewell is yet to sign with a club after leaving A-League side Melbourne Victory and returning to England for family reasons, while former Everton midfielder Cahill has made himself unavailable for selection while he settles into his new club New York Red Bulls.

Lucas Neill, also without a team, will retain the captaincy for the Aug. 15 match.

Defenders Jason Davidson and Ryan McGowan are in line for their first caps after being included in the 20-man squad, while Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd is set to make his Australia debut after withdrawing from two previous squads due to injury.

Kewell has been a free agent since June 24 when he quit Melbourne after just one season.

"It's very unfortunate for him that right now, he is hanging in-between - no club - and still waiting for some kind of signing," Osieck said.

"I hope that will work out pretty quickly, because I still think he's got great potential and, whenever I've had him in the group, he was a very positive person."

Osieck said Neill's lack of a club was a different situation to Kewell's and that the defender will be in good condition to lead the team for the 50th time.

"He has been working with teams and clubs and he's close to re-signing again with one of the Middle Eastern teams," he said. ""In his role as captain, he's very important to me and the team."

Australia opened the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with draws at Oman and against Japan at home, and next faces Jordan on Sept. 11.

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

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