The Socceroos face Kuwait in a friendly on Monday night and the addition of a number of new players will make fans excited.

Headlining the squad are uncapped players Martin Boyle, Kenny Dougall, Denis Genreau, Thomas Deng and Awer Mabil.

While Boyle will not be eligible to play in the Kuwait match, he has been included in the squad and looks to have decided to represent Australia, following a tough decision to turn down Scotland after they reached out to him.

Boyle was born in Scotland; however, his father was born in Sydney and therefore is eligible to play for the Socceroos. He currently plays for Scottish side Hibernian, along with fellow Aussies Mark Milligan and Jamie MacLaren.

Kenny Dougall meanwhile, has been called into the squad to replace star Aaron Mooy, who will miss the match after picking up a knock.

The 25-year-old plays for English League One side Barnsley and is a former member of the Brisbane Roar youth side.

Youngster Denis Genreau also could make his first appearance for his nation. Currently on loan at Dutch side PEC Zwolle from Melbourne City, the 19-year-old French born midfielder has caught the eye of new manager Graham Arnold and could prove himself to be an option for the Asian Cup in January.

Melbourne Victory defender Thomas Deng is also in line to play his first senior international match. Having recently completed a season on loan at Jong PSV in the Netherlands, Deng will look to impress Arnold in preparation for the Asian Cup. He is also eligible for Kenya and South Sudan, however has set his sights on playing for Australia.

Awer Mabil rounds off the list of uncapped players in the squad and looks set to make his first appearance for Australia at the age of 23. Currently at Danish side FC Midtjylland, the former Adelaide United winger has one goal and three assists to his name this season in the Danish Superliga.

Mustafa Amini and Apostolos Giannou return to the Socceroos squad and could see minutes on Monday night.

Amini has worked with Arnold during his time at the Central Coast Mariners.

The 25-year-old has one goal and two assists this season for his Danish club AGF.

Giannou on the other hand will look to score his first international goal, despite featuring only once for his Cypriot side AEK Larnaca.

The addition of these players will make for interesting viewing as they stake their claim for a spot at January’s Asian Cup

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Tim Sperliotis
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