Ange Postecoglou has made his biggest decision as coach of the Australian national team yet, leaving out veteran captain Lucas Neill from an upcoming friendly with Ecuador.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has opted to experiment with fringe players ahead of a friendly with Ecuador next month.
The former Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar manager raised eyebrows after selecting a youthful and partially inexperienced squad ahead of what will be Postecoglou’s final match before selecting an extended World Cup squad.
Postecoglou made his intentions clear in the build-up towards announcing his squad for the Ecuador friendly, telling the media that he would overlook players who weren’t seeing regular game time at their clubs.
Neill himself did not even have a club until early this week, when the former West Ham captain announced that he would be joining English Championship side Watford.
Four Australian youngsters could be making their international debuts against the Ecuadorian national team in London.
Former Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast superstar Ben Halloran headlines the list, along with Curtis Good, Chris Herd and Massimo Luongo.
Despite lacking a significant amount of international experience, Postecoglou says everyone named in his squad has the potential to one day become a star in the national team.
”The squad to face Ecuador represents the first steps in what I believe is the building of the next golden generation for Australian football, acknowledging there is a need to balance experimentation and experience to achieve this,” Postecoglou said.
”The Ecuador match gives this group of players an opportunity to stake a claim for the World Cup. They have been rewarded for playing consistent and strong football and shows that age and limited international experience are not barriers to opportunity.”
Socceroos squad to face Ecuador:
Oliver Bozanic, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, Curtis Good, Ben Halloran, Chris Herd, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Massimo Luongo, Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Matt Ryan, Adam Sarota, Matthew Spiranovic, Dario Vidosic, Luke Wilkshire.
Written by Ellis Gelios