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Osieck proud of Australian inclusions

Holger Osieck insists that players he picks for the Australian national team are good enough to represent their nation.

The German tactician is not concerned with reputations and would rather lay his trust with those who have shown they are up to the task of representing Australia successfully.

Osieck was pleased with the performance in the 3-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Oman in Sydney on Tuesday and highlighted that it was those players he has included (such as Rhys Williams, Adam Federici and Michael Zullo) who were at the forefront of the result and not the big four (Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer, Brett Emerton and Harry Kewell) who were missing but still spoken about.

"I keep saying the 11 players on the pitch are the key players," he said.

"If they don't have the quality or the potential then they don't have the right to play for the Socceroos.

"If I play someone in the team they must be good.

"Everyone starts out small, even the biggest names in world football, and only become big names over the years.

"We have to give them opportunities to make names for themselves."

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