“From our perspective these games are a chance to expose some young players to international football and hopefully create some depth in areas we’re light on": Ange Postecoglou.

“From our perspective these games are a chance to expose some young players to international football and hopefully create some depth in areas we’re light on": Ange Postecoglou. Photo: Getty Images

Once again injuries have plagued Ange Postecoglou's squad selection with the Socceroos coach's need for depth opening the door to several new or fringe players to cement their spot.

A-League young guns Tomi Juric and Terry Antonis got their first call-ups as part of Postecoglou's 20-man squad on Wednesday for next month's friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia which will serve as crucial preparation for next year's Asian Cup.

Antonis and Juric join uncapped quartet Brad Smith, Chris Herd, Trent Sainsbury and Bailey Wright in a squad which varies markedly from that which Postecoglou took to the World Cup in Brazil earlier this year.

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Star forward Robbie Kruse is back in the fold after recovering from a serious knee injury, but the likes of defenders Rhys Williams (knee), Curtis Good (hip flexor), Ivan Franjic (knee) and Matthew Spiranovic (ankle), playmaker Tom Rogic (groin), midfielder Matt McKay (ankle) and striker Adam Taggart (ankle) have all been sidelined.

"We're always going to have injuries, that's the reason we need to create some real depth ... so that leading into the Asian Cup we have some options," Postecoglou said on Wednesday.

"I felt we didn't have a lot of options going into the World Cup.

Leading the way: Mile Jedinak.

Leading the way: Mile Jedinak. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

"So with that in mind,we've made a number of changes for the upcoming friendlies and given the opportunity to a number of players who haven't been involved or have been on the periphery to get some game time and put their case forward."

Experienced campaigners Mark Bresciano and Josh Kennedy were notable omissions with Postecoglou insisting they're still in line for the later friendlies in October and November.

Postecoglou said he had been monitoring Western Sydney striker Juric, who impressed by scoring in the A-League All Stars match against Juventus and the Wanderers' 1-0 Asian Champions League victory over Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.

"With Adam Taggart still out injured, we're thin up front. We've obviously got Timmy Cahill but Tomi's one we want to have a look at," Postecoglou said.

With the the lack of experience available, Postecoglou has recalled Carl Valeri, who with 50 appearances is the second-most capped player in the squad after Cahill.

"I was pretty mindful that players like Bresciano and Josh Kennedy weren't selected so I didn't want to go with too young a squad. We needed some experience and Carl fits that bill," said Postecoglou.

"He's only just turned 30 so if he's fit and (plays) well he's certainly someone who comes well into the frame for the Asian Cup."

The Socceroos take on Belgium in Liege on September 4 and Saudi Arabia in London four days later.

Socceroos squad: Terry Antonis, Joshua Brillante, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ben Halloran, Chris Herd, Mile Jedinak, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Carl Valeri, Alex Wilkinson, Bailey Wright.

AAP