Sydney FC midfielder Nick Carle spoke of his elation at being called up for Australia, describing the moment as reward for the work he has put in on the training pitch.
Once touted as future star for the Socceroos, Carle’s selection is his first since he was part of the national set-up leading into the 2010 World Cup, at which he did not take part.'I’m buzzing," Carle said. 'Playing for Australia is a huge honour and I always hoped I’d get another chance.
"I’ve put my head down and worked very hard at Sydney FC to do my best every time I’m at training or on the pitch, knowing that was the only way to get back into the team.
'I’m looking forward to getting into camp and hoping to be able to play a part in the World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia."
Carle is joined in the squad by fellow Sydney FC midfielder Brett Emerton who is eyeing his 91st Socceroos cap.
'It’s always nice to win selection for the national team and everyone knows what it means to me to put on the green and gold shirt so to be selected in the World Cup qualifier next week is great news," Emerton said.
'I look forward to getting back into camp with the boys next week but first things first and we have a massive game against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night where a win could see us right back in the hunt for 4th place and a home semi final."
Both marquee players will be available for Sydney FC against Wellington Phoenix at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday, before heaving into camp.