Victory’s Thompson: I can bring to Socceroos squad what others can’t

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is urging Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek to look at him more closely.

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is urging Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek to look at him more closely.

The talented Thompson has struggled to force his way into the national side in recent times but believes he can being something different to Verbeek’s squad.

“I am going to pump my own tyres up but … when I am on song I don’t feel that there’s anyone in that squad who can do what I can,” he said.

“Timmy (Cahill) is great, he has that knack of scoring goals, but … I don’t think (he can dribble like me).

“I don’t want to come across as arrogant, but taking players on, I don’t think there’s a player in there like (me). I feel like I can still bring something to that team.”

The 30-year old added that he had improved his game defensively to fit in with the current boss’ plans.

“What I have been working on this year is to be really fully focused for the whole 90 minutes … I have improved defensively, too, because you have to be very good defensively in Pim’s line-up,” he added.

“If I didn’t think I was good enough or didn’t think I could play any of those positions (as an attacking midfielder or striker) I wouldn’t hold my hand up.”