Overlooked Socceroo Brett Emerton wants to use next month's international friendly against South Korea as his springboard back into the national setup.
Emerton also said he felt the friendly was an ideal time to experiment with the line-up and test some new talent with more than five months until Australia's next World Cup qualifying match.
Emerton, who last represented Australia in November last year, said he still harboured ambitions to wear the green and gold - admitting it was one of his main motivations when recovering from an ankle injury.
"That's been my aim since coming back from surgery five or six months ago," Emerton said on Monday.
"I feel I'm back. I've got three games under my belt and I'm feeling stronger with each one.
"I hope to have the opportunity to play for the Socceroos again soon.
"You put your hand up for any international game.
"It's always an honour and a privilege to represent your country.
"Time will tell (but) I'd love to wear the green and gold again."
And while 33-year-old Emerton is eager to get back into the national team, he also admitted this match could serve as the ideal way to give some of Australia's young stars a taste of the international stage.
The likes of Tommy Oar, Mitchell Langerak, James Holland and Adam Sarota could all be considered by coach Holger Osieck - a move which would please Emerton.
"Any opportunity to blood young players in the national team is a good one," he said.
"It's Holger's decision entirely. In any team it's about finding the right balance and when it is the right time to do so."
Osieck said the November 14 friendly against South Korea in Hwaseong would be valuable preparation, with Australia desperate to build on last week's scrappy 2-1 victory over Iraq.
South Korea are top of their World Cup qualifying group after posting convincing wins against Qatar and Lebanon, a draw against Uzbekistan and a loss to Iran.
"This will be another important game as part of our preparation for the second phase of this round of qualifiers," Osieck said.
"We are now at the halfway mark and we need to focus on our remaining qualification matches.
"... The match will serve as a good comparison test for us."
The match at Hwaseong Stadium will kick off at 7pm local time (9pm AEDT) and will be the Socceroos' final match of the year.
Osieck's team will resume World Cup qualification in March, when they host Oman at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.