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Ex-Ajax, NEC defender Wielaert: Australia should look at Kisnorbo

Melbourne Heart defender Rob Wielaert has urged Australia national team boss Ange Postecoglou to cast an eye over Patrick Kisnorbo.

Dutchman Wielaert has formed a strong central defensive pairing with the former Leicester City and Leeds United man recently and is of the belief that his Heart teammate is good enough to win a spot in the Socceroos squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I know Patrick very well and I think he's not only a very good defender, but that on the ball he gets better every week," Wielaert told The World Game.

"He's somebody I know and see every day, and I like what I see in him as a footballer.

"He's a winner and that's what you need in a World Cup, so if I had to tell the coach of the national team one player, I would pick Patrick Kisnorbo.

"And I think they will look at him. When we weren't playing well as a team early in the season, Patrick also wasn't playing that well, but since the new coach (John van't Schip) has been here he has made a good progression, especially on the ball.

"We knew he was a good defender, but on the ball he's getting better all the time. And he's a real winner."

Soon-to-be 33-year old Kisnorbo has played 18 times for the Heart with his last international coming in an Asian Cup qualifier against Oman in November 2009.

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