Ange warns Socceroos: Clean slate, no guarantees

Ange Postecoglou says he will start with a clean slate when selecting a squad for the Socceroos next match post-World Cup but believes veterans Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano are still in the mix.

With Australia hosting the Asian Cup in January, the national team coach said nothing had changed in terms of his selection policy, warning there were no guarantees moving forward. 

"I made it clear coming into this World Cup that fitness and form are going to be the key criteria and I'm going to consistent with that," Postecoglou said. 

"Even for this group of players, I said to them last night, you’ve done enormously well but there's no guarantee you'll be in the next squad.

“What will guarantee them being in the next squad is what they do between now and then - their performances, their fitness and how they push on. And that includes the senior guys. 

"Timmy's form speaks for itself but even Bresc, when he was fit and well still made an impact. Really they're the only two out of this group.

“I said to the rest of the group last night, who were all in the age group to play in the next World Cup, that age doesn’t guarantee you anything.

“Only their ambition and desire to be part of it will guarantee them being there in the national team."

Cahill and Bresciano played for Australia in the previous two World Cups and were again important for the team in Brazil.

As senior members of the national team, the 34-years-olds have amassed more than 140 caps between them.

But they were very much the veterans of the Socceroos in Brazil alongside youngsters Mat Ryan, Matthew Leckie, Jason Davidson, Tommy Oar, Adam Taggart and Ben Halloran.

Postecoglou said the timing of their international retirement was as much theirs as his.

"If you look at Timmy's performances and Bresc's performances, they still showed if their bodies are right they can do it in their sleep," he said. 

"It will be as much their call as mine."