On fire Halloran a World Cup bolter?

Fringe Socceroo Ben Halloran continues to boost his World Cup hopes and says he’s thrilled to hit the back of the net for a second successive game.

Halloran opened the scoring in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 3-1 victory over Aalen in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga on Sunday.

The strike made it two in two games for Halloran, who was called up for last month’s friendly against Ecuador but had to withdraw due to a hip injury.

Halloran has enjoyed an excellent recent run of form, playing in Fortuna’s past seven games having debuted in November.

The 21-year-old has been used regularly since the appointment of manager Lorenz-Gunther Kostner during the winter break, having been rarely sighted under predecessor Mike Buskens who was sacked in November.

The former Brisbane Roar man, who is uncapped at international level, has made 13 appearances for the club, scoring three times this term.

“Of course I’m happy that I scored again,” Halloran said according to the club’s website.

“It’s always fun when you go ahead 3-0, which we haven’t done this season.”

Halloran’s strike came shortly before the break, netting from the edge of the penalty area after a corner.

The goal came after he also opened the scoring in last week’s 2-1 win at Paderborn.

Halloran’s good form has coincided with a positive run of results for Fortuna, who have moved up to ninth on the table.

“In the second half against Ingolstadt (two weeks ago) we played really well and we managed to repeat that in Paderborn and today against Aalen,” he said.

“I’m glad we were able to claim the three points.”

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2 Socceroos striker positions. Cahill has 1. The other position to be fought for amongst:
Kruse, Leckie, Halloran, Troisi, Taggart and Juric. In that order in my opinion for what it's worth.