There are no other real surprises in Arnold's squad announcement. The only faces missing from the 25-man squad he took to Kuwait are injured duo Daniel Arzani and Brad Jones, PEC Zwolle youngster Denis Genreau, striker Apostolos Giannou and Deng, who is there but not in the squad proper.
Jamie Maclaren, however, is back in the mix after returning to full fitness and is in line for a return to his old stomping ground in Brisbane, where he scored 43 goals in two seasons with the Roar. Now in Scotland, Maclaren will be joined by two teammates from Hibernian FC - veteran utility Mark Milligan and Scottish winger Martin Boyle, who will set foot on Australian soil for the first time after receiving clearance to play for the Socceroos.
Arnold has also selected midfielder James Jeggo of FK Austria Wien and World Cup striker Andrew Nabbout from Japan's Urawa Red Diamonds. All up, Arnold has picked 39 different players since replacing Bert van Marwijk in the top job.
“We made some great progress in Turkey in September, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait last month,” Arnold said.