Socceroos vs All-Australian A-Leaguers
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What if an All-Australian A-League team played off against the current Socceroos? Who would win?
Watching the numerous Socceroos World Cup Qualifiers in recent weeks I, and many other fans, continue to feel frustrated with the lacklustre performances of our starting XI.
I would like to see a team comprised only from Australian-eligible A-League players take on coach Holger Osieck’s Socceroos. Who knows, they might even win.
A fixture like this could provide a valuable insight into whether the A-League has grown into a league with a standard high enough for our national team players to ply a decent trade between international matches.
A disproportionate number of current national team players are playing in leagues considered well-below the level of the A-League and yet are still receiving call ups for the Socceroos.
A Socceroos versus A-League match could also raise the profile of the A-League internationally.
Fielding a competitive A-League team to take on the Socceroos may just sway the opinions of those like former national team coach Pim Verbeek who scoff at our national league – or at the very least put forward the case for players in the A-League to receive national team call-ups over those playing in lesser leagues.
If I had the luxury of choosing an All-Australian A-League team, I would select:
—————————— M. Ryan——————————-
I. Franjic —- T. Sainsbury —- M. Smith —- A. Behich
—————————- E. Paartalu —————————-
————- M. Nichols —————- D. Vidosic ————-
M. Duganzic ———-A. Thompson———- C. Goodwin
Def: M. Thwaite, S. Colosimo, Cassio
Mid: A. Mooy, B. Emerton, R. Garcia
Fwd: R. Griffiths
Roarers, who would you like to see in your team?
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