Socceroos squad: Emerton, Kewell left out

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    Socceroos coach Holger Osiek has named his squad for the upcoming international friendly against Malaysia and World Cup qualifier against Oman, with both Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton missing selection, allowing them to play in the opening A-League fixture between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.

    The will-they or won’t-they play scenarios have been the subject of hot debate, but the dream A-League opener will now proceed with the marquee signings available to play for their clubs.

    Football Federation Australia have been criticised for not telling Osieck to make Kewell and Emerton available for the A-League opener, however, it appears that Osieck has listened to the demands of the public and media keen for the showdown.

    Osieck selected an entirely overseas-based squad of 19 players, including Tim Cahill who suffered a shin injury while playing for Everton against Manchester City in the English Premier League last weekend.

    Emerton’s non-selection for the Oman game raises some eyebrows, with the normally first-choice Socceroo missing out. However, both he and Kewell could be called into the squad after the A-League match by Osieck.

    The Socceroos will train in Sydney next week before playing Malaysia in Canberra on Friday 7 October 2011 (8pm kick-off).

    The game against Oman is on Tuesday October 11 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

    Socceroos squad:

    Alex Brosque, Tim Cahill, Adam Federici (gk), Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Josh Kennedy, Neil Kilkenny, Robbie Kruse, Matthew McKay, Lucas Neill, Sasa Ognenovski, Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer (gk), Matthew Spiranovic, James Troisi, Carl Valeri, Luke Wilkshire, Rhys Williams, Michael Zullo

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    • Roar Guru

      September 27th 2011 @ 11:20am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | September 27th 2011 @ 11:20am | ! Report

      Good squad and, let’s be honest, by the time the international kicks off, Emmo wouldn’t have played competitive football for nearly 6 weeks.

      I’m really happy with Holger’s decision but, he’s a true professional, and I’m sure if Emmo had been fully match fit Holger would have picked him.

      • September 27th 2011 @ 1:45pm
        AGO74 said | September 27th 2011 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

        Fair call Fuss on the six weeks of non-competitive football. Hasn’t been spoken of much but it is definitely a valid point.

      • September 27th 2011 @ 2:03pm
        Striker said | September 27th 2011 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

        fusball this guy Holger is a legend cant imagine what the fool verbek what have done in this situation.

    • September 27th 2011 @ 11:34am
      Lucan said | September 27th 2011 @ 11:34am | ! Report

      Terrible decision to leave Emerton out. Dangerous precedent. No matter how lowly ranked the opponents are, the gaffer should never bow down to club interests.

      DId I read correctly that the November WCQ’s also clash with the A-League?? Who that h3ll is responsible for the HAL fixturing?

      • September 27th 2011 @ 11:56am
        jmac said | September 27th 2011 @ 11:56am | ! Report

        it’s a good sign for the league that we’re now worrying about clashes with international fixtures, so that A-League players can play for the Roos.

        • September 27th 2011 @ 12:03pm
          Lucan said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

          There are plenty on international calibre players in the HAL (Australia, Costa Rica, New Zealand).

          The HAL must be breathing a sigh of relief that NZ aren’t playing/holding a camp on these FIFA dates.

          • September 27th 2011 @ 12:07pm
            jmac said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

            yep. surely good sense will prevail eventually, and the league will start scheduling breaks on these dates..

      • Roar Guru

        September 27th 2011 @ 12:52pm
        Fussball ist unser leben said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

        @ Lucan

        There is only ONE person, who knows why he left Emmo out of the squad, so let’s listen to what he has to say … alternatively, we can sit around in this little sewing circle and speculate wildly:

        Osieck laughed off suggestions that his decision .. was motivated by any pressure to deliver the local blockbuster.

        “I can assure you I am the master of my own decisions. It’s written down in my contract and I can always refer to that. I don’t need a lawyer – I’m capable of defending my position myself. People obviously interpreted a lot into the situation which was not necessarily on,” explained Osieck.

        “There were technical reasons that kept these two guys out, therefore it was not a problem for me… [Emerton] because his last game was four weeks ago. The same could be said this time for Jon McKain and Dario Vidosic.”


      • September 27th 2011 @ 2:03pm
        Brendo said | September 27th 2011 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

        I have no issue with the A-League scheduling games on international dates. At most we are going to lose 2-6 players across the league, clubs need to use their depth that is all.

        I think Osiek has made a good decision and for me it does set a precedent but not a bad one. Players who have just changed clubs should be given the opportunity to settle into their club before being called up to international duty. European Clubs would ask for this so I don’t see it being an issue that the A-league ones have as well.

        There are plenty of instances in the past where players have been left at clubs as it was seen ‘settling’ in at the club was more important than them being called up. The precedent though is this is the first time the A-league clubs have gotten their way.

        I fully expect both Kewell and Emerton to be avaliable come November however.

    • September 27th 2011 @ 12:09pm
      jmac said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

      it looks a strong squad in that we have reasonable quality back-up in most positions. but without emmo, we look a little light on in the wide midfield dept – for back-up I mean. sarota and troisi are still quite untested.. perhaps kruse will get a start on the right if holman were to play up front again?

    • September 27th 2011 @ 12:33pm
      pete4 said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

      Holger’s done the right thing here! For those who think this sets a precedent… well it doesn’t. Kewell and Emerton are Socceroo legends and to have them both here at home at opposing clubs meeting in Round 1 is too good an opportunity to let slip.

      It will be a long time before we have to deal with 2 players in club versus country with their credentials again. The A-League draw was released 6 months ago long before they arrived here. Bring on Round 1!!

      • September 27th 2011 @ 1:27pm
        Striker said | September 27th 2011 @ 1:27pm | ! Report

        Totally agree with PETE 4 response.

      • September 27th 2011 @ 1:40pm
        Lucan said | September 27th 2011 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

        November isn’t a “long time”, pete4.

        FIFA International dates for 2011 were issued in 2008. Harry or Emerton aside, this should never have been an issue if the league was scheduled with any sort of fore-thought

        • September 27th 2011 @ 3:16pm
          pete4 said | September 27th 2011 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

          Lucan – November? you have lost me. I think you would find when the A-League draw was released the FFA knew exactly this was the case.

          The idea being Socceroos match would start the season with a bang. Kewell and Emerton weren’t even on the FFA’s radar. Months ago everyone thought the epic Grand Final re-match between Brisbane v CCM was the blockbuster for Round 1 not Melbourne Victory v Sydney

          • September 28th 2011 @ 7:28am
            Lucan said | September 28th 2011 @ 7:28am | ! Report

            Sorry to lose you. You suggested it would be a long time before we have such a club v country clash again. This November, we have further World Cup Qualifiers and no HAL break to conincide.

            I guess “long time” is a relative concept. Personally, I find two clashes in six weeks to be close.

    • September 27th 2011 @ 12:43pm
      Nathan of Perth said | September 27th 2011 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

      Its a fair choice if Holger was looking get some more caps into our less internationally experienced players. Considering its a friendly, not a qualifier, it does make sense.

    • September 27th 2011 @ 1:57pm
      JAJI said | September 27th 2011 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

      Interestingly no third keeper has been picked…..which I havent seen before for a World Cup qualifier

      People will whinge there is no Ruka however he hasnt appered on the park for Berlin in the last 2 games

      People will whinge there is no Leckie however the same applies to him too

      People will whinge there is no Chris Herd – however after that game when he almost scored for Villa he hasnt even featured in the Villa matchday squad since

      Its slightly odd Tommy Oar isnt being picked…..and there is no Harry, Emerton and Timmy is hobbling – however Holman and Kennedy are in the form of their careers at present and I am guessing HO is making the call thats enough firepower for Oman.

      Question for everybody – what is happening to matt Mckay? He has gone MIA at Rangers……

      • Roar Rookie

        September 27th 2011 @ 7:56pm
        Karmikel Funk said | September 27th 2011 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

        another legacy of Verbeek was for young players to think that even if they trained with a Euro reserve team they were better off than playing in the A-League.

        Osieck doesn’t agree and he picks players on form and match fitness.

        Players like Leckie, Rukya and Oar have probably lessened their chances of making the 2014 WC squad by leaving the A-League.

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