Coach Graham Arnold has picked 12 players with 10 caps or less in his 23-man squad for the opening qualifier against Kuwait on September 10.

One of those is attacking midfielder Brendan Borrello, long earmarked as a future star for the national team.

The 24-year-old ruptured his ACL last year before joining German Bundesliga side Freiburg from Kaiserslautern.

It meant Borrello missed January's Asian Cup but after finally debuting for the Socceroos in June's 1-0 friendly defeat to South Korea, he's one of the new faces that Arnold is hoping will take Australia to Qatar in three years.

"Brandon Borrello is really exciting for me. He's doing great in the Bundesliga at the moment. I spoke to him just the other day, he feels great," Arnold said.

"He's got a great mindset of hard work and these type of players in the front half of the pitch ... the players we're getting coming through have that X-factor to change games, it's exciting.

"The fact that he can play anywhere across the frontline is important."

Arnold said Borrello's versatility meshed well with an attacking philosophy which also sees Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Adam Taggart, Apostolos Giannou, Jamie Maclaren and Craig Goodwin capable of filling multiple roles.

Along with Borrello, Holland-based Ajdin Hrustic and goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne are the other one-cap players in the squad.

Scottish-born defender Harry Souttar is the only player who could potentially debut in Kuwait.

The squad is composed primarily of European-based players with only three A-League names picked in Redmayne, Sydney FC teammate Rhyan Grant and Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren.

Newly-signed Melbourne Victory pair Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout have been overlooked with Kruse (hamstring) unavailable due to injury and Nabbout yet to find form with the A-League not starting until October.

Other notable absentees are Celtic pair Tom Rogic and Daniel Arzani, who are both yet to feature for the Hoops this season.

In-form striker Adam Taggart, who leads the scoring charts in South Korea's K-League, has also been named after making his first Socceroos appearance in five years in a 1-0 friendly defeat to South Korea in Busan in June.

Arnold expected Taggart to push for a starting spot with Maclaren and Apostolos Giannou.

"He's in top condition now, in great form and I expect him to fit perfectly into our system and to replicate what he's doing in club land in the national team with us," he said.

Australia's players will gather in a training camp in the United Arab Emirates in the week before the qualifying opener against Kuwait.

The Socceroos beat Kuwait 4-0 last October in a friendly that also marked the start of Arnold's second stint in charge of the national team.

SOCCEROOS SQUAD TO PLAY KUWAIT: Mustafa Amini, Aziz Behich, Brandon Borrello, Milos Degenek, Apostolos Giannou, Craig Goodwin, Rhyan Grant, Ajdin Hrustic, Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo, Mitchell Langerak, Mathew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Andrew Redmayne, Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith, Harry Souttar, Adam Taggart.