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Seven Socceroos who will miss out on the Cup

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    With Pim Verbeek announcing his extended squad for South Africa last week, the focus was rightly on the 30 players who made the cut. Less focus has been given to which seven players of the 30 selected will be watching the tournament on a big screen at the Blacktown Workers Club.

    These “not so magnificent seven” that are cut will go from having one of their best days as a professional to one of their worst. All in the space of a month.

    Some will be spared more heartbreak than others, though.

    By far the unkindest cut of all will be for the three or four players who will leave for Africa as excitable as a kitten, only to be asked to return home before a ball is kicked.

    Oh, to be in first class on that cheerful flight home!

    So which seven players will Pim eventually chop from the squad?

    Of the defenders Jade North (1) and Michael Beauchamp (2) are the men most likely. North has barely played a game in 18 months. We all know what Pim thinks of players who don’t play regularly and whose name isn’t Harry Kewell.

    For Beauchamp, he offers no versatility beyond his honest aerial efforts at centre back. Unfortunately for him, other players in the squad can play his position as well as he does and can also play elsewhere.

    Turning to the midfield, Mile Jedinak (3), Richard Garcia (4), James Holland (5) and Nicky Carle (6) are all strong candidates to miss a berth in the final 23. Jedinak is held in high regard but he is fighting for one spot with Carl Valeri, who should get the nod if past selections are any guide.

    Garcia is not among the elite attacking midfielders in the squad, and James Holland, while picked in the extended squad with the future in mind, has not played a first team match at his Dutch club since February 2009.

    He who polarises, Nicky Carle, will fall short as well.

    His midfield craft would be a valuable option, but it’s tempting to think that Pim has only picked Carle to placate his advocates in the media, knowing full well in his own mind that Carle has Buckley’s of surviving the final cull.

    Of the strikers, Nikita Rukavytsya (7) will draw the short straw. While he adds a much-needed pace option up front, Pim can afford one less specialist striker in the squad with his unwavering faith in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Even with Kewell under a cloud, there are midfielders in the squad that can cover the position if needed.

    Despite being more profligate than prolific in a national shirt, Scott McDonald has to be selected as one of the strikers given the faith that’s been shown in him through the qualifiers. To do otherwise would be an embarrassment for Verbeek.

    So there you have it: North, Beauchamp, Jedinak, Garcia, Holland, Carle and Rukavytsya will not be at the World Cup.

    Of course, this is subject to change, particularly if one of the “not so magnificent seven” has the mettle to take out a teammate on the training paddock.

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    The Crowd Says (15)

    • May 18th 2010 @ 5:31am
      The Special One said | May 18th 2010 @ 5:31am | ! Report

      Injuries aside, i think these will miss the cut.

      1/ Beauchamp

      2/ Oar

      3/ Holland

      4/ Vidosic

      5/ Garcia

      6/ Lowry

      7/ North

      A lot of the younger guys are here just to get used to the experience and it will serve them well in the future, but at this time its too early to be throwing them into the World cup.

      The biggest injury concern would be Bresciano, who if he doesnt make the final squad, would be replaced by Garcia.

    • May 18th 2010 @ 7:15am
      viper2716 said | May 18th 2010 @ 7:15am | ! Report

      Who cares i just want it to start . He will only use the same players for each game the rest will carry the gear . Great to see harry kewell on 60 minutes , gave me a huge boost , to see him running.

    • May 18th 2010 @ 7:38am
      The Bear said | May 18th 2010 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      I would of thought a like for like replacement for Bresciano would be Nick Carle. I think the loss would be easier to take, if it were Carle stepping up for Bresciano. Good speculative article…but why Blacktown??

    • May 18th 2010 @ 8:22am
      David said | May 18th 2010 @ 8:22am | ! Report

      Vidosic, Ruka and Jedi will all go lmao.

      • May 18th 2010 @ 9:02am
        Tom said | May 18th 2010 @ 9:02am | ! Report


        It would be mad to leave out Jedinak given his form in the Turkish league. If we’re playing two holding midfielders, then we can certainly afford to bring Grella and Valeri as well.

        Vidosic and Ruka are both more likely to make the squad than McDonald, I would think.

        Its funny how keen people are for McDonald to make the squad. His national team performances have been considerably worse than Holman’s and he’s not really in great form at club level at the moment. And he can only play one position, and its not really a position the Socceroos use in their preferred formation. He seems to have a lot going against him.

    • May 18th 2010 @ 8:47am
      Art Sapphire said | May 18th 2010 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Junior – you’ve got it wrong with Jedinak and Ruka as they will make the 23.

      Jedinak is a must for the 23. His progression this year in Turkey has been impressive. Check out this vid of highlights from 2 weeks ago in a match between Neill’s Galatasaray v Jedinak’s Antalyaspor. He is in everything, passing, flicks, defensive duties at set pieces and two assists to win the game for his team. Both times he puts the ball past Neill to find the striker.
      A midfield dynamo in every sense.

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        May 18th 2010 @ 11:09am
        AndyRoo said | May 18th 2010 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        Thanks for the Link Art.

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      May 18th 2010 @ 9:51am
      AndyRoo said | May 18th 2010 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      We have Wilkshire who can also play defensive midfield so I don’t think we need 5 but I feel it’s Valeri that would be more likely to lose out.

      I am a big Oar fan but would be surprised if he made the 23, Pim has already said as such.

      Will be interesting too see who he picks for NZ and wether it’s all the fringe guys.

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