Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Socceroos squad: Neil Kilkenny still with the Roos?

Socceroos squad v Wales has been announced and somewhat dishearteningly to me - given his recent performances, Bristol City's Neil Kilkenny has grabbed a place in an 18 man squad.

In a 32 World Cup possible squad maybe - but the final 18!

Kilkenny hasn't done nearly enough in my view to keep a Socceroos place after some rather shaky performances in the Asian Cup and recent friendlies. He doesn't give me much hope for the future either.

We've seen many Asia teams now and lack of touch in the midfield is not a quality we need. Come on Holger!

Hurry up Jason Culina - back into the fold and for that matter grow up fast Terry Antonis.

The centre midfield positions are critical in international football. Kilkenny performed well for five minutes in Asia when he had TWO other centre-midfielders alongside. Can we afford to play three?

Good to see Rhys Williams in the mix - Michael Zullo is raw at best but he'll have to perform if it seems if we are to progress easily in the coming World Cup groups - with David Carney seemingly often injured, and clubless, we'll probably need the flying Zullo.

And he's fast.

Good to see Luke De Vere getting a call-up, surely he'll be a very competent centre-back in years to come.

But where is the Ogmonster?

And no Josh Kennedy - perhaps being saved for the World Cup. With Scott McDonald, it's not much of a forward line, no Harry Kewell; and James Troisi has a fair bit to do to convince me that Matthew Leckie isn't really the next best emerging forward.
At least he's fast!

Is Robbie Kruse going to take us to the World Cup? He'll need a bit of help if he is - he's good, let's hope the Div 2 German player becomes something a little more in the coming months!

Harry needs a team, Rukavystya needs to score in the Bundesliga and Culina needs to get fit - quick.

Not sure the value of this Welsh game - and interestingly - once again can we only afford to take 18 players!

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