Adelaide’s Ognenovski bemused by Verbeek’s comments

Adelaide United defender Sasa Ognenovski says he cannot understand Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek’s comments that he is too old.

Adelaide United defender Sasa Ognenovski says he cannot understand Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek’s comments that he is too old.

Verbeek selected an all A-League squad earlier this week to take on Indonesia in the opening Asian Cup qualifier in Jakarta later this month that did not include Ognenovski, apparently because he is too old.

“If he thinks I am too old at 29 then he has picked six players in the squad over that age," the defender said.

"He obviously doesn't rate my style of play or me. I don't know where those comments come from. I have been continually overlooked for any squad regardless of form."

Ognenovski is eligible to play for his country of heritage, Macedonia, who he will now represent in upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Europe.

"People asked me if Macedonia wanted to give me a call-up and they did but I never said I was going to play for them. That is it," he said. "Pim could have spoken to me and asked me where my allegiances were. That never happened so I end up playing World Cup qualifiers in Europe."

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