Federici declined Asian Cup selection

Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici has revealed he turned down the chance to play at the Asian Cup because he didn’t want to sit on the bench.

The 29-year-old shot-stopper has been in outstanding form for Championship club Reading but missed the cut for Ange Postecoglou’s final 23-man Asian Cup squad.

Federici’s form has been so good that he won the club’s Player of the Month award for December this week and was lavished with praise by boss Steve Clarke after an unbelievable performance on the weekend.

The eight-time Socceroo revealed to the Reading Post that he was actually set to be one of three goalkeepers included for the Asian Cup.

Instead, he declined the opportunity in order to focus on club duties, realizing he was behind Mat Ryan and Mitch Langerak in the pecking order.

“I went and spoke to the goalkeeping coach,” Federici said.

“At the time (Reading) were in a bit of a bad rut and so I didn’t want to leave the team.

“We spoke and I said it wasn’t beneficial for anyone for me to go out there and sit on the bench.

“I’ve done it before and so now I’m looking forward to kicking on and working hard with the boys here.”

Federici was part of Australia’s squad at the 2010 World Cup but didn’t play a game with Mark Schwarzer preferred for all three matches.

He missed selection for the 2011 Asian Cup with Nathan Coe and Brad Jones selected as Schwarzer’s deputies.

The Australian’s club boss Clarke emphasized his quality after his starring role in their 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough on the weekend.

"Adam's an experienced goalkeeper - he's very safe and very solid,” Clarke told reporters.

"He doesn't make the nervous moments more nervous because he gets the ball and he keeps it.

"I was really pleased with him. I knew I was getting a good goalkeeper (when I joined the club)."