The midfielder lost his place in Holger Osieck’s squad after a bout of poor form.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on captain Rhys Williams after his impressive start to the season saw him earn a recall for Australia.
Williams was dropped by head coach Holger Osieck from the squad for the final round of World Cup qualifiers earlier this year after a serious injury and an alarming dip in form ruined his 2012/13 campaign.
However, the 25-year-old has fought back admirably and his recent performances at the Riverside Stadium have clearly made Osieck stand up and take notice, with the boss including him in the 22-man party that will travel to Brazil for next Saturday’s friendly against the Confederations Cup champions.
And Mowbray believes a revitalised Williams is returning to the player that became such an integral figure at the English Championship club.
“I think Rhys has been fantastic since he came back in pre-season,” he told the Evening Gazette.
“I think he probably needed a full pre-season to get back up to speed after his problems last season. He was out for a long time through injury and, after something like that happens, it can take a while to get your fitness levels back to where they should be.
“This season he’s looked like the player we all know he can be and hopefully he can continue that.”