Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou will get a closer look at his potential 2014 World Cup squad when he heads to Europe to access the form of a number of players in the New Year.
There are countless Socceroos hopefuls that are currently plying their trade in Europe and Postecoglou plans to get a firsthand look at as many 2014 World Cup squad members as possible before picking his squad for the friendlies against yet to be decided opponents at the start of next year.
Postecoglou has remained optimistic that Australian can be competitive at the World Cup, despite drawing Spain, The Netherlands and Chile, but admits that he is also looking ahead to the 2015 Asian Cup that will be held in Australia as well as the overall future of the national team.
”I will hit the road in January and get to as many places as I can,” Postecoglou said.
”I think it’s important that I see as many of the players and have some discussions as well.
“There’s some very important decisions to be made over the next three or four months and I want to make sure I make informed decisions.
”The Costa Rica camp gave me a pretty decent idea of what I want it to look like, but there’s still a lot of football to be played between now and then.”
”We want to pick the best team that will give us the best outcome for Brazil and beyond
“There’s always going to be an emphasis that we have a strong team for the next few years.”
A decision on who Australia will face in their two friendlies before heading to Brazil is yet to be made; with Postecoglou hoping to find a South American and European opposition that have a similar style to the sides that the team will face at the World Cup.
Uruguay and Paraguay have both been mentioned as two possible opponents for the Socceroos in March, due to their resemblance to Chile, while Postecoglou wants to play a European nation in the team’s farewell game in Australia.
Australia beat Greece in their final game before heading to Germany for the 2006 World Cup and defeated New Zealand before heading to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Australia play their opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Chile at Cuiaba on June 13.