18 Feb 2010

Phoenix defenders make Australian squad

7:21 am on 18 February 2010

The Wellington Phoenix central defenders Andrew Durante and Jon McKain have been rewarded for a stellari A-League season with selection in the Australia football squad for an Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia on March 3.

The Phoenix skipper Durante and McKain have played pivotal roles in the Phoenix's charge into the playoffs this season and the solid defensive pairing could well feature against Indonesia in Brisbane.

Durante, 27, is yet to make his full senior international debut,although he has previously been part of Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek'sWorld Cup training squad.

McKain, 28, is in line to add to his 12 senior international appearances for Australia, his last in 2006.