Verbeek has decided not to call on Michael Beauchamp, Brett Emerton and Harry Kewell, but instead has added Djite, Garcia, David Carney, Mark Milligan and Matthew Spiranovic to the squad.

Garcia, 26, will make his Qantas Socceroos debut if he takes the field against South Africa. Having helped Hull City gain promotion to the English Premier League in May this year, a Socceroos cap will be another remarkable achievement for the Perth-born right winger.

Scott Chipperfield joins the Socceroos for the first time this year after recovering from a foot injury that has prevented him from appearing in the previous eight international matches, while goal keeper Mark Schwarzer has the chance to become the 9th most capped Socceroo, equal with legendary defender Milan Ivanovic.

“This camp is good opportunity for us to see the players after their off-season break," Verbeek said from London.

“Most of the players have just started, or are about to start, their respective domestic competitions and we can now start focusing of the World Cup qualifiers which are just around the corner.

“With that in mind, we will be looking to try a few different things in the match against South Africa on Tuesday night.”

The Qantas Socceroos fourth stage 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches start in a little over three weeks when Australia meets Uzbekistan in Tashkent on September 10. The squad gets together prior to that all-important away match for an international friendly against the Netherlands on September 6.

The Qantas Socceroos match against South Africa will be shown live and exclusive on FOX Sports 1, with the broadcast commencing at 4.30am AEST.

Mark Bresciano, US Citta di Palermo, Italy
Nick Carle, Crystal Palace FC, England
David Carney, Sheffield United FC, England
Scott Chipperfield, FC Basel, Switzerland
Chris Coyne, Colchester United FC, England
Jason Culina, PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands
Bruce Djite, Genclerbirligi, Turkey
Richard Garcia, Hull City, England
Vincenzo Grella, Torino FC Spa, Italy
Brett Holman, AZ Alkaamar, Netherlands
Josh Kennedy, Karlsruhe SC, Germany
Scott McDonald, Celtic FC, Scotland
Mark Milligan, uncontracted
Lucas Neill, West Ham United FC, England
Michael Petkovic, Sivasspor, Turkey
Mark Schwarzer, Fulham FC, England
Matthew Spiranovic, FC Nurnberg, Germany
Mile Sterjovski, Derby County FC, England
Carl Valeri, U.S. Grosseto FC, Italy
Luke Wilkshire, FC Twente, Holland

South African Football Association
Host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
World Cup record: qualified twice - 1998, 2002
Current FIFA ranking, August 2008: 73 (Australia 38)
Highest FIFA ranking: 16 (August 1996)
Major honours: Champions, African Cup of Nations 1996

Australia v South Africa: head-to-head
This week’s match between the Qantas Socceroos and South Africa marks the 20th meeting between the two countries at senior full-international level.
In 19 previous encounters, starting from 1947, South Africa holds the upper hand with 11 wins, Australia has won 6 and there has been two draws.

10-05-47 Australia 1-2 South Africa (Sydney) Test Series
24-05-47 Australia 2-4 South Africa (Brisbane) Test Series
31-05-47 Australia 3-3 South Africa (Sydney) Test Series
07-06-47 Australia 5-1 South Africa (Newcastle) Test Series
14-06-47 Australia 1-2 South Africa (Sydney) Test Series
24-06-50 Australia 2-3 South Africa (Durban) Test Series
01-07-50 Australia 1-2 South Africa (Johannesburg) Test Series
08-07-50 Australia 2-1 South Africa (Port Elizabeth) Test Series
23-07-50 Australia 2-0 South Africa (Cape Town) Test Series
03-09-55 Australia 0-3 South Africa (Brisbane) Test Series
10-09-55 Australia 0-2 South Africa (Melbourne) Test Series
17-09-55 Australia 0-8 South Africa (Adelaide) Test Series
24-09-55 Australia 0-6 South Africa (Sydney) Test Series
01-10-55 Australia 1-4 South Africa (Newcastle) Test Series
08-06-94 Australia 1-0 South Africa (Adelaide) Friendly
12-06-94 Australia 1-0 South Africa (Sydney) Friendly
18-09-96 Australia 0-2 South Africa (Johannesburg) Simba Cup
30-03-04 Australia 1-0 South Africa (London) Friendly
09-02-05 Australia 1-1 South Africa (Durban) Friendly

The only previous Australia-South Africa match played in London, which took place in March 2004, ended in a 1-0 victory to Australia, with Mark Bresciano scoring Australia’s goal in the 19th minute.

Last time they met
Date: 9-Feb-2005
South Africa 1 (Benni McCarthy 11’) - Australia 1 (Scott Chipperfield 71’)
Australian line-up: Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neill, Tony Vidmar, Tony Popovic, Craig Moore, Vince Grella (Luke Wilkshire 71'), Mark Bresciano (Jon McKain 74'), Jason Culina (Mile Sterjovski 57'), Danny Tiatto (Scott Chipperfield 57'), Brett Emerton (Archie Thompson 66'), Paul Agostino (Max Vieri 66')
Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durban

FORM GUIDE – AUSTRALIA (last twelve months)
11-09-07 L0–1 v Argentina (Melbourne) - Friendly
17-11-07 W1–0 v Nigeria (London) - Friendly
06-02-08 W3–0 v Qatar (Melbourne) - World Cup Qualifier
22-03-08 D0–0 v Singapore (Singapore) - Friendly
26-03-08 D0–0 v China (Kunming) - World Cup Qualifier
23-05-08 W1–0 v Ghana (Sydney) - Friendly
01-06-08 W1–0 v Iraq (Brisbane) - World Cup Qualifier
07-06-08 L0–1 v Iraq (Dubai) - World Cup Qualifier
14-06-08 W3–1 v Qatar (Doha) - World Cup Qualifier
22-06-08 L0–1 v China (Sydney) - World Cup Qualifier

FORM GUIDE – SOUTH AFRICA (last twelve months)
22-08-07 L0-1 v Scotland (Aberdeen) - Friendly
09-09-07 L1-3 v Zambia (Cape Town) - African Cup of Nations Qualifier
12-09-07 D0-0 v Uruguay (Johannesburg) - Friendly
29-09-07 W1-0 v Botswana (Atteridgeville) - Friendly
17-10-07 L0-2 v Italy (Siena) - Friendly
24-10-07 D0-0 v Zambia (Bloemfontein) - Friendly
17-11-07 L0-1 v USA (Johannesburg) - Friendly
20-11-07 W2-0 v Canada (Durban) - Friendly
13-01-08 W2-0 v Mozambique (Durban) - Friendly
16-01-08 W2-1 v Botswana (Durban) - Friendly
23-01-08 D1-1 v Angola (Tamale) – African Cup of Nations
27-01-08 L1-3 v Tunisia (Tamale) - African Cup of Nations
31-01-08 D1-1 v Senegal (Kumasi) - African Cup of Nations
11-03-08 W2-1 v Zimbabwe (Johannesburg) - Friendly
26-03-08 W3-0 v Paraguay (Atteridgeville) - Friendly
01-06-08 L0-2 v Nigeria (Abuja) - World Cup Qualifier
07-06-08 W4-1 v Equatorial Guinea (Atteridgeville) - World Cup Qualifier
14-06-08 L0-1 v Sierra Leone (Freetown) - World Cup Qualifier
21-06-08 D0-0 v Sierra Leone (Atteridgeville) - World Cup Qualifier

Top ten for Schwarzer?
Mark Schwarzer, who is currently the most Capped Socceroo goalkeeper of all-time, is set to become the equal-ninth most Capped of all players the next time he takes the field for the Australian national team. Leading into the South Africa friendly, Schwarzer has made 58 appearances in A-internationals, just one behind Milan Ivanovic and only two appearances behind John Kosmina and Stan Lazaridis.

TOP TEN APPEARANCES, AUSTRALIA ('A' internationals) as at 18 August 2008
87 Alex Tobin (1988-1998)
84 Paul Wade (1986-1996)
76 Tony Vidmar (1991-2006)
66 Brett Emerton (1998-)
65 Peter Wilson (1970-1979)
61 Attila Abonyi (1967-1977)
60 John Kosmina (1976-1988)
60 Stan Lazaridis (1993-2006)
59 Milan Ivanovic (1991-1998)
58 Mark Schwarzer (1993-)
58 Tony Popovic (1995-2006)


AUSTRALIA’S ALL-TIME RECORD DEFEAT in a full senior international match was at the hands of South Africa, when the touring South Africans won 8-0 in Adelaide in September 1955.

South Africa’s 8-0 victory over Australia in 1955 also stands as SOUTH AFRICA’S ALL-TIME RECORD VICTORY in a full international.

Australia’s LONGEST LOSING STREAK in full internationals were all matches against South Africa, Australia losing a record five in a row when South Africa toured in September-October 1955.

The LONGEST TOUR OF AUSTRALIA by a national football team, perhaps in any football code, was a four month tour by the South Africans in 1947. The marathon tour started in mid-April and ended in mid-August 1947, incorporating 23 games; the South Africans scored 113 goals to 31 in these 23 matches, notching up 21 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.

Australia’s FIRST TOUR OVERSEAS, excluding to New Zealand, was a six match tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia) in June-July 1950; Australia won four and lost two of these matches.

Many SOUTH AFRICAN BORN PLAYERS have made their mark on football in Australia, including arguably Australia’s most successful export Craig Johnston, and former Qantas Socceroos Kimon Talliadoros, Richard Miranda and Bill Rogers.

Former prominent Australian national team players Tony Henderson (50 international appearances) and George Blues (16 international appearances) PLAYED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CLUBS, including Durban City, before migrating to Australia.