Ange Postecoglou says he’ll never advise any Socceroos to move to a specific club or league but admits a number of Australian players face “key decisions” this off-season.
Socceroos Tomi Juric, Tommy Oar, Jason Davidson and Ivan Franjic are club-less while James Troisi, Massimo Luongo and Nathan Burns must decide on their futures.
“I’ll never advise a player where to go and to which club,” Postecoglou said during a teleconference following his latest squad announcement on Monday.
“Wherever they go, whether it’s here, in Asia or Europe, from a national team perspective it needs to be a place where they keep progressing their football and themselves.
“If they go into that environment and play well, they’ll get selected (for Australia).
“They are key decisions but ultimately that comes down to individuals and what their priorities are to them and they’re all at different stages of their careers.”
All seven aforementioned players were named in Postecoglou’s 23-man squad for next month’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kyrgryzstan which will be preceded by a 10-day training camp in Dubai.
Postecoglou has named his strongest squad possible for the qualifier, insisting against leaving out players whose futures were unresolved.
“I feel it’s an opportunity to further their cause by playing international football,” he said.
Postecoglou pointed to the example of players such as Mathew Leckie at Bundesliga-bound Ingolstadt and Bailey Wright at Championship-bound Preston North End who’ve earned promotion in the last week, along with Mat Ryan whose Club Brugge have qualified for the UEFA Champions League.
“By the time the next World Cup comes around we want players playing in top leagues and I think playing at the national team level has helped in that regard,” Postecoglou said.
“All those things are positives and that’s what we need to see more of.
“That’s why some of the decisions the players are making (are so important).
“Tommy Oar is another who’s had a fantastic career at Utrecht, so he’s got a big decision about his next move now.
“Hopefully he gets to play in one of the top leagues as well.
“The more players we get playing in the top league by the time of the next World Cup, means the better placed we’ll be to be a strong team as a unit.”
Socceroo Match Details
Kyrgyzstan v Australia
Dolen Omurzakov Stadium, Bishkek
Tuesday 16 June 2015
9pm kick off (1am AEST)
LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (channel 505) and on a one hour delay on SBS.