Roos bump up price on Luongo's head
Highly-rated ex-Tottenham midfielder Luongo, 21, was given his first senior Australia call-up by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou for Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador in London.
Upon last week’s squad announcement, Postecoglou spoke about the boost an international call-up may offer a young player’s profile and fledgling career, and Luongo may be a case in point.
Luongo was one of the first players to link up in London, fresh from an outstanding performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Crewe.
“It’s great, isn’t it? I’m sure what’s happened will have added to his value, I know that,” Cooper told BBC Wiltshire.
“I’m sure there are people looking on with envious eyes at some of the boys we’ve got playing for us at the moment.”
Luongo was rested for Swindon's midweek clash with Crawley last week but has made 42 appearances for the third tier club this term, proving a revelation after his permanent switch from Spurs.
“We keep forgetting a lot of them are in their first season of senior football and we’re asking an awful lot of them to play 40-odd games,” Cooper said.
“Ideally we would like to rest them now and again and keep them fresh but with the injuries and suspensions we’ve had it’s not been possible.”
Meanwhile, Australian-born midfielder Bradden Inman suffered a hip injury for Crewe in Saturday’s game with Swindon and faces a spell on the sidelines.