Don’t expect fresh faces in Socceroos squad, says Postecoglou

14/08/2019 Posted by admin

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou will stick to the tried and tested rather than throw in any wildcards as he looks to guide his team through a series of difficult tests over the next five months.
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In short order, the national team plays World Cup qualifiers in Iraq, at home against the UAE, then Saudi Arabia in Adelaide as the battle for places in Russia in 2018 intensifies.

The Socceroos then face Brazil in a glamour game at the MCG before heading to Russia to face world champions Germany, South American champions Chile and African champion Cameroon in the Confederations Cup.

“I don’t think it’s a new faces kind of year. This year’s the most important year in the World Cup cycle because you’re going into the last (games), whether you qualify or not,” Postecoglou said.

“Our trial period of players (is virtually complete) and everything has happened in the last two years, since the Asian Cup.

“This year will be about consolidating a group of players and hopefully reaping the rewards of the hard work we’ve done so far. That’s not to exclude anyone breaking through, we’ve still got six months, but I wouldn’t expect too many new faces.

“We spent a lot of time last year developing some of our players for whom it was their first World Cup qualifying experience .

“We put a lot of time into guys like Mat Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic.

“We wanted to make sure that they got as much game time (as possible) over the last 12 months knowing we had some tough trips in there.”

How ready they are will only be proven in the series of difficult challenges they face.

“You don’t know what sort of progress they make, that will be judged by how they go this year, having been through what they went through last year.

“This year will be the measure of that. We’ve got some big games with some big consequences but all the games are going to be played in conditions that should suit our football.”

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