North late call-up for A-league All Stars

Last week's injury to Matthew Spiranovic has opened the door for Brisbane Roar premiership defender and Socceroo Jade North to join the A-League All Stars ahead of their glamour match against Juventus. 

North will link up with the team when the squad goes into camp in Wollongong on the NSW South Coast on Friday.

The 32-year-old is the third Brisbane player to be selected for the side and could line up alongside fellow Roar defender Matt Smith as well as 2013/14 Hyundai A-League Johnny Warren Medallist Thomas Broich.

The All Stars take on the Italian champions at ANZ Stadium on Sunday August 10 as the cream of the A-League test themselves against world-class stars Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Gianluigi Buffon.

All Stars coach, Josep Gombau, gave an indication of the football his team would play by declaring North’s ability to play the ball out from the back as one of his reasons for selecting the versatile defender.

“We need players who are comfortable to play the ball out from the back to fit with our play,” Gombau said.

“Jade North is a player who can play with the ball at his feet and he is also (a) very good defender.

“It is also a help for us that he has a good feeling of playing next to Matt Smith, who is one of our other defenders and they played together a lot at Brisbane Roar last year in a successful team.

“It is unfortunate that Matthew Spiranovic has the injury but Jade North will be a good player for the All Stars team.”

North was surprised at his late call up into the team but looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the world’s best football clubs.

“It has come as a surprise but I’m looking forward to the experience,” North said.

“Obviously (Matt) Smithy and I have got a good understanding of each other’s play and hopefully we get the chance to test our partnership against Juventus.

“We’ve got a big season coming up at Brisbane Roar and this is a good opportunity to build my match fitness in pre-season and work alongside some different players.”

The FOXTEL A-League All Stars will meet Juventus at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on 10 August with the match to be broadcast live and exclusive on the Seven Network nationally.