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.

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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