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Utrecht midfielder Sarota targeting World Cup

Adam Sarota is eyeing a spot in Australia's World Cup team after making his return for FC Utrecht on the weekend.

The 24-year old former Brisbane Roar young gun replaced fellow Aussie Tommy Oar during the second half of the Dutch clubs 2-0 win over NEC Nijmegen on Friday which was his first appearance since injuring his knee in February.

After getting a valuable 25 minutes under his belt, Sarota now has his sights set on forcing his way into Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos squad for Brazil 2014 after the pair worked together at the Roar.

"I had goose bumps when I came on in the 65th minute with the fans singing my name, it was great to get that kind of reception," said Sarota.

"Physically I feel good. I had a couple of reserve team games behind me and there was no reaction from the knee at all. I have got over being scared about it now.

"I am hoping to start against PSV Eindhoven this weekend and if I can make an impression with my club from now on then I am sure Ange Postecoglou will take note.

"He was the coach who gave me my break really at the Roar and I think if I do well for my club hopefully I will get a call up for Ange's next camp in March.

"The World Cup is definitely in the back of my mind and the thing with Ange is that so long as you are playing well and playing regularly he will give you a chance.

"So now it's up to me to make an impression and see what happens."

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