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Newcastle defender Good has World Cup fingers crossed

Newcastle United defender Curtis Good hopes he still has a good shot at making Australia's World Cup squad.

The 20-year old was impressive on his Socceroos debut in the 4-3 loss to Ecuador last week before succumbing to an adductor injury which has forced him back early to England's north east from his loan spell with Dundee United.

Good had performed admirably in his four Scottish Premiership appearances and one Scottish Cup outing for the Tangerines which ultimately led to his national team call-up.

There is a central defensive vacancy for the former Melbourne Heart youngster in Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos roster for Brazil 2014 and despite the fact the injury is expected to keep him out for up to six weeks, Good is holding hope that he can still make the plane to South America's most populous country for the world-renowned FIFA tournament.

"It was my first call-up so it was pretty exciting when the call came," he told nufc.co.uk .

"I had to come off with an innocuous sort of injury and we ended up losing 4-3, so there were highs and lows.

"It was unfortunate circumstances (with the result and the injury) but overall it was exciting."

Good is now back at St James' Park receiving treatment for the problem he sustained at The Den but is hoping that his performance impressed Postecoglou enough to win him a ticket to the World Cup - once he recovers from the injury of course.

"I hope he was (impressed), put it that way, but it's just good to get your first cap out of the way because I was quite nervous before the game," the Melbourne native added.

"At least I'm in the mix now but obviously I need to get this sorted if I want to have a chance of going to the World Cup.

"So fingers crossed it's not too long and hopefully I'll get another call-up."

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