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Harper despondent with Osieck's Socceroos squad selections

Fox Sports commentator Andy Harper believes new Australian national team boss Holger Osieck has missed a great opportunity to blood some youngsters at international level.

The German tactician yesterday announced his first Socceroos squad (for September friendlies with Poland and Switzerland) since he recently took charge of the team but Harper was not positive about the 20-man selection which he feels it not a sign of moving forward towards Brazil 2014

"Osieck has spurned a chance to evaluate the next generation of Socceroos," Harper said on Fox Sports FC, which he co-hosts.

"The selections are an opportunity lost. The squad was drawn from the core of the last couple of World Cups, the core from the Slovenia match a couple of weeks ago, which left us all a bit empty, to be frank.

"Holger Osieck has made it very clear by the naming of this squad, that he wants to win the Asian Cup, and the best way to do that is with the most experienced squad and the best players available.

"Instead we've got four friendly games this year, then three guaranteed games in January next year, at the Asian Cup in Qatar, that's seven games that we're not going to have to prepare youngsters for 2014.

"You look at the strikers picked for the friendlies - Josh Kennedy, Harry Kewell, Scott Mcdonald, they're all going to be deeply into their 30s by 2014."

Andrew Slevison
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