Ange Postecoglou announced his provisional 30 man Socceroos provisional squad for the World Cup in Brazil 2014 this morning and there was a sense of buzz with the players he has chosen.
Although there were no surprises in some of his selections, only 8 of the 30 has feature in the World Cup in South Africa 2010.
A-League Players Get a Shot
10 out of the 30 players called up ply their trade in the A-League.
Ange is showing that he’s not afraid to pick players who are getting game time and playing well in the local league compared to overseas based players.
Newcastle Jet trio Birighitti, Brilliante and Taggart were called up for the provisional squad after brilliant (pun not intended) performances in the A-League this season.
Taggart finished the season as top scorer in the league while Birighitti and Brilliante have been consistently feature in the Newcastle Jets first team.
Other A-League players called up include Spiranovic, Franjic, Galekovic, McKay, Milligan, Troisi (on loan from Atalanta) and Rogic (on loan from Celtic FC).
Young and Untested Players
I admit, I have never heard of Bailey Wright until last week when my wife pointed out to me he was Australian during the League One playoffs between Preston North End and Rotherham United.
Ange has apparently been keeping tabs on him since the start of the year so it’ll be interesting to see if the PNE centre back survives the cut for the 23 men squad.
I’m also quite glad Curtis Good has been called up.
Apart from the fact that he’s an ex-Melbourne Heart player, playing regularly for Bradford and Dundee after signing for Newcastle United certainly didn’t hurt his chances.
Hopefully he’ll start some games in the group stages in Brazil.
There were some players that I thought might be in with a chance of a call up but didn’t end up making Ange’s 30 man squad.
Luke Brattan had an outstanding season with A-League grand final winners Brisbane Roar but failed to get a call up in the squad that’s littered with midfielders.
Ognenovski also missed out after an impressive late season run with Sydney FC. His experience could have come in handy as it looks like we are bringing a very young defence to Brazil.
Players like Archie Thompson and Brosque who featured regularly in the qualifying rounds were snubbed but I doubt we will miss them.
Some of the players called up to the squad were probably a result of injury to some of our key players.
Kruse, Rhys Williams and even to an extend Sainsbury would have been considered for Brazil but injuries have ruled them out of selection.
Ange has repeatedly emphasized that the squad he selected is a step forward for the national team and I would think that getting a result at the Asian Cup in January would be a more realistic expectation than the World Cup in June.
With Australia in a group with Netherlands, Spain and Chile at the World Cup, there is practically zero chance of us getting through to the knock out stage.
But with a mix of youth and experience in this team and Ange favouring the quick passing game, who knows, we might be in for a surprise in a month’s time.