Tim Cahill remains in with a chance of going to a fourth World Cup after being named in Australia’s 32-man provisional squad.
Now 38, Cahill is the Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, but has found form and opportunity harder to come by in the latter stages of his career.
He returned to first club Millwall to see out the Championship season, but made just 10 appearances spanning little over an hour.
“He can make a difference, he is a player who will not be nervous to play in front of 80,000 people,” coach Bert van Marwijk said.
Australia, who are in Group C in Russia alongside France, Peru and Denmark, will meet in Turkey on May 19, by when Van Marwijk will have reduced his squad to 26.
The one shock selection is Croatia-born Fran Karacic, the Lokomotiva Zagreb defender.