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Club Brugge's Ryan: Postecoglou has brought new energy to Australian team

Club Brugge goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes the appointment of Ange Postecoglou has generated a positive buzz around the Australian national team.

The former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss stepped into the Socceroos job in October last year, replacing Holger Osieck at the helm, and young gloveman Ryan feels it has really helped refresh the state of the squad.

"There's a different energy about the squad now, with all respect to Holger," he told SBS.

"Ange likes to play a running game, plenty of movement and it's an all-action style.

"We are all putting in and trying to adapt to that style. It's different to the way we played under Holger.

"Ange pioneered it during his time with Brisbane and Melbourne Victory and he has brought that way of playing to the Socceroos.

"It was pretty evident that we needed to make a bit of a change after some of the bad results we had last year."

Ahead of Wednesday night's (Thursday morning AEDT) clash with Ecuador in London, Ryan insisted that he was unaware whether or not he would be starting ahead of Borussia Dortmund's Mitch Langerak.

"That's the way it was in his first game in charge agonist Costa Rica in November and I expect that will be the case again," Ryan added.

"Ange likes to keep everybody on their toes - and that's good for the team as a whole.

"I will just keep putting in the hard work and hopefully it will be me that gets the start against Ecuador.

"I have only started in the one international to date and I will just concentrate on myself and not worry too much about the other boys - and they will be the same way."

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