Socceroo honours for Sydney star

A minor hip injury may have kept Shannon Cole out of the Sydney FC side for last Saturday Hyundai A-League clash with the Queensland Roar but it hasn’t hindered the star utility’s rapid rise through the football ranks, with the 24-year-old selected today in the Socceroos’ squad for Australia’s upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.

A minor hip injury may have kept Shannon Cole out of the Sydney FC side for last Saturday Hyundai A-League clash with the Queensland Roar but it hasn-t hindered the star utility-s rapid rise through the football ranks, with the 24-year-old selected today in the Socceroos- squad for Australia-s upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia.

Cole is the only Sydney FC player named in National Coach, Pim Verbeek-s 21-man team which will depart for Jakarta on Monday, after the Sky Blues- season ending clash with the Newcastle Jets at the Sydney Football Stadium.

“Obviously it-s an understatement to say it-s a great honour because it-s something that every footballer wants to do, represent their country,” said Cole. “I-m just going to approach it the same way I approach training all the time and really get stuck in and do my best.”

The midfielder, come defender is fit to take his place in the Sydney side this-weekend before hopping on a plane with the rest of the locally-based Socceroos squad on Australia Day.

“It-s one of those things where you hear people say all the time, if you told me this 12 months ago I would have said you were crazy, so it goes without saying that it-s not something that I expected at all or considered,” he said.

“I-m looking forward to getting into camp with the team and I-ll be giving it everything I-ve got to play my part if I-m given the chance.”

The Socceroos will face Indonesia in their Group B Asian Cup qualifier in Jakarta next Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30pm Sydney time.

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