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SWINDON TOWN: Kasim yet to answer international call
YASER Kasim will sit down and talk with the Swindon Town hierarchy before making a decision on whether or not to team up with the Iraqi squad for the clash with Saudi Arabia next month.
Kasim received his international summons last week after excelling in the middle of midfield for the Robins following his arrival at the County Ground over the summer, but has not yet committed himself to joining up with Iraq.
The 22-year-old will instead speak to manager Mark Cooper, chairman Jed McCrory and director of football operations Lee Power to discover Town’s perspective on the situation.
Speaking of his call-up, Kasim said: “I feel good, we’ll just see what’s happening. I’m not really thinking about it, to be honest.
“I’ll see what the club says as well because it’s important I do well for the club as well. It’s not a difficult dilemma but it’s up to the club at the end of the day.
“I’ll speak to them and see what they have to say and what they want. I’m just enjoying my football, it’s too bad we didn’t do well enough in this game.”
Like virtually all of the Swindon Town squad, Kasim endured an off-day at Preston on Saturday, as the Robins slumped to a 2-1 defeat.
The former Tottenham trainee was at a loss to explain Town’s poor performance.
“We played only the 15 minutes of the second half, towards the end. Those sort of games, if we don’t concede we win them but we did concede so we didn’t,” he said.
“It’s been a long week but the last 15 minutes showed that we have the energy to play in the last 15 minutes of the game so I really don’t know why it is, but there’s something missing there. We should have started the way we finished it.
“They pressed very well and we didn’t keep it too well or if we did keep it we gave it away too easily and didn’t draw enough fouls, weren’t smart enough. You have to give them credit because they were on it today.
“I think we were a little bit calmer at 1-0, at 2-0 it was a bit more patchy and the game became a bit scruffy. The last 15 minutes something changed and we decided to play.
“Maybe they weren’t getting close enough and we started to take a bit more risk. Obviously the substitutions helped. They gave us a bit more momentum.”
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