Postecoglou planning to cast eye over fresh Socceroos faces for Ecuador

Australia national team boss Ange Postecoglou admits he will giving an opportunity to some relatively unknown players in next month’s friendly with Ecuador.

Australia national team boss Ange Postecoglou admits he will giving an opportunity to some relatively unknown players in next month’s friendly with Ecuador.

The Socceroos take on the South Americans in London on March 5 and Postecoglou says he will experiment with his selections before he has to submit his preliminary World Cup squad in May.

Postecoglou was recently in Europe watching the likes of Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo, Millwall defender Shane Lowry, Preston North End pair Neil Kilkenny and Bailey Wright and Celtic’s Kilmarnock loanee Jackson Irvine as he goes about keeping his options open ahead of Brazil 2014.

"I'm casting the net pretty wide at the moment and this Ecuador game will be an important one for me," Postecoglou said.

"There'll be a little bit of a new look to the side and that will kind of give me an indication as to where we're heading to beyond that.

"There'll be some new faces and some people getting an opportunity, whether they come from the A-League or overseas, but definitely this game gives me the opportunity to try a few things.

"There's a few that I went to watch and some of them will be included.

"But from my perspective it's about using this game a bit as a test case of how we're going to look moving forward and that meant bringing in some players who haven't been involved before or haven't been involved a lot and giving them an opportunity."

 
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