There is a great responsibility and opportunity when a player pulls on the Socceroos shirt. With the World Cup in Brazil under a year away now, the young A-League players must make the most of that opportunity when played by Coach Holger Osieck.
As for the senior players, it is their responsibility to perform consistently and sustain a spot in the side for the upcoming World Cup.
In the recent Under 20 World Cup in Turkey, young talents such as Josh Brillante (Newcastle Jets) and Connor Pain (Melbourne Victory) were standout players who have been given the call up into the senior squad.
Osieck named a 24 man squad for the in-progress East Asian Cup which consists of 19 A-League based players and five from Asian based clubs.
The Socceroos are still to play Japan and China in the tournament, following a poor performance in a scoreless draw with the host nation Korea Republic. The saviour was Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic who was a brick wall behind goals making some heroic saves for the Socceroos.
Although the first game performance was less than impressive, it must be remembered that the K-League are midway through their season whereas many of the A-League players haven’t played in two to three months.
“I think every chance a player gets they have to put their front foot forward and give it their best shot to get to Brazil and we got a lot of boys here who are trying to impress and get to Brazil”, said Galekovic in an interview with SBS The World Game.
With only two games remaining the players will be looking to showcase their talent and show Osieck they deserve a spot in the World Cup squad.
Melbourne Victory fans will also be hoping that veteran Socceroo Archie Thompson – who will miss the clash against Liverpool – can perform well and impress. Thompson has the chance in the final two games to score and equal Damian Mori’s Socceroo goal scoring record.
The signs are already clear that Osieck has a positive focus on building for the Socceroos for future and there is no doubt that he will have to make some extremely hard decisions when deciding the final World Cup squad in 2014.
By Ari Charilaou
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