The last time David Alaba suited up for Austria he tore his MCL. Now, he's being given the opportunity to help his country qualify for their second European Championship ever.
Since the 1998 World Cup, Austria has only played in one major tournament. That was Euro 2008. The only reason they played in it is because they were one of the hosts. Other than that, their record of even appearing at major tournaments has been abysmal over the last twenty years.
It's this reason that the nation's upcoming Euro 2016 Qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden are so important. By the end of this international break, if Austria can continue their run of qualifying form, they will likely have qualified for France 2016.
Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Wien), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Özcan (Ingolstadt)
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dynamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), György Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (RB Salzburg), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prödl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern München),Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (RB Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Christoph Leitgeb (RB Salzburg), Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)
Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 München), Marc Janko (Basel)