Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has revealed he wants Australian players to be more ambitious and push themselves to the highest level possible.
Speaking before Australia’s friendly match against Ecuador, Postecoglous defended the crop of new talent that is pushing for selection into the national team.
“I don’t think our younger players have got it easy,” he said. “You look at the all the players in this squad, the younger ones, they’re working hard.
"They’re playing in some tough leagues, whether it’s the Dutch first division, Germany or Switzerland or here in the UK. They’re doing it tough.
“But what I do what and that’s regardless of age, and that includes players like Mile, is I want them to still be ambitious. I want them to always want to be in a better space wherever they are in their careers.
“Individually, but importantly from my perspective, for us a nation.”
A number of Socceroos have had inauspicious starts to their careers, from the State Leagues to the NSL and competitions such as England’s League One, but have gone on to play in top tier leagues, the European Champions League and World Cups.
Postecoglou believes the new brigade of Aussie footballers are currently battling away to improve and develop.
“I don’t think our young players have got it easy, they’re fighting hard at the moment,” he said.
“But what I want them to do is be ambitious, to constantly play at a higher level all the time. If that happens it’s going to make us stronger as a national team.”1 comment