Good rapt with Roos shot

Dundee United Aussie Curtis Good is buzzing after being selected in the Socceroos squad for the Ecuador friendly and wants to put himself in the running for a spot on the plane to Brazil.

Good moved north at the end of January and has helped the club to a four-game unbeaten run since he arrived at Tannadice Park on loan from Newcastle United. The centre back’s good form for United, who have secured a draw and three wins in their past four matches, has caught Ange Postecoglou’s eye.

“I’m very happy and exited to be selected,” Good said.

“It’s a huge opportunity for some of us younger lads to show we can play at this level and put our names in the mix for Brazil. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Good has represented Australia at Under-20 and Under-23 level, captaining both the Young Socceroos and Olyroos, and the former Melbourne Heart defender has been working towards a Socceroo shirt for years.

“[I’ve] definitely dreamed about it since I was a kid,” he said. “I didn’t think I would get a call up this soon but I’m extremely happy.”

Good will be competing for a spot in the Australian defence along with Jason Davidson, Matthew Spiranovic and Ryan McGowan. The 20-year old can play in the centre or on the left.

“I definitely prefer centre back but will play anywhere,” he said.

With captain Lucas Neill not selected, Good could fill the spot in the national team of one of his childhood idols. Tim Cahill is another player Good admired growing up.

“I looked up to a lot of Socceroos,” he said. “Harry Kewell was always someone I looked up to, as well as Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill.”