Sydney FC’s marquee duo Brett Emerton and Nick Carle have been rewarded for their form in a Sky Blues shirt by winning selection in Holger Osieck’s 19-man Socceroo squad for next week’s 2014 World Cup Asian Qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne.
Sydney FC-s marquee duo Brett Emerton and Nick Carle have been rewarded for their form in a Sky Blues shirt by winning selection in Holger Osieck-s 19-man Socceroo squad for next week-s 2014 World Cup Asian Qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne.
Carle-s selection is his first international call up since he was part of the Socceroo set up leading into the 2010 World Cup and comes on the back of a stellar season as the 30-year-old has been in scintillating form for Sydney FC, scoring four goals and claiming five assists.
Carle will be hoping to add to his tally of 12 caps but is thrilled to have been recognised by Osieck, in what is a strong Socceroo squad including the likes of Lucas Neill, Mark Schwarzer, Emerton, Harry Kewell and Mark Bresciano.
“I-m buzzing,” Carle said. “Playing for Australia is a huge honour and I always hoped I-d get another chance. I-ve put my head down and worked very hard at Sydney FC to do my best every time I-m at training or on the pitch, knowing that was the only way to get back into the team.
“I-m looking forward to getting into camp and hoping to be able to play a part in the World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.”
Carle is joined in the Socceroo squad by fellow Sydney FC midfielder Brett Emerton, who has run into tremendous form over recent weeks. Emerton will be hoping to add to his 91 caps as he strives to reach the 100-game milestone in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup.
“It-s always nice to win selection for the National Team and everyone knows what it means to me to put on the green and gold shirt so to be selected in the World Cup qualifier next week is great news,” Emerton said.
“I look forward to getting back into camp with the boys next week but first things first and we have a massive game against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night where a win could see us right back in the hunt for 4th place and a home semi final.”
Both Emerton and Carle will be available for Sydney FC in its crucial Hyundai A-League game against Wellington Phoenix at the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday night, before leaving to go into camp.
The Socceroo squad is: Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Nick Carle, David Carney, Brett Emerton, Harry Kewell, Michael Marrone, Mark Milligan, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Sasa Ognenovski, Erik Paartalu, Matt Ryan (gk), Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer (gk), Matthew Spiranovic, Archie Thompson, Michael Thwaite, James Troisi.
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