Socceroos’ showing raises questions

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    The Socceroos lamentable performance against Germany has raised some serious questions about our national team and our high performance development plans.

    I know it’s not wise to pass judgements based on one bad game but on the back of a plucky performance in the last World Cup, are we actually just deluding ourselves?

    Maybe our national team just isn’t that good?

    Even if Pim Verbeek had employed a different defensive strategy and the starting line up contained greater strike power, Germany still looked to be at least a two-goal better team than the Socceroos.

    And why have we picked a “Dads Army” team? Have the selectors got it wrong and left out some talented young players more deserving?

    Just look at the age disparity between Germany and Australia. Germany’s decision to not pick veterans has paid off handsomely.

    So where are our emerging stars?

    I know football in Australia has massive junior participation but why isn’t this being translated into more players good enough to represent us on the world stage? Harry Kewell was making his mark on the world stage at 19.

    What sort of team will we have attempting to qualify for the next World Cup?

    Maybe it’s time to look a little deeper than the performance of the national coach?

    Can anyone provide answers to these questions that will make it easier for Australia’s football fans to sleep at night?