Luongo to learn if he is selected in the Australian preliminary squad

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town midfielder Massimo Luongo Town midfielder Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo will learn whether or not he has been included in Australia’s preliminary World Cup squad in the early hour of tomorrow morning.

The Town midfielder, who signed on a permanent deal from Tottenham Hotspur in August, has put himself in with a chance of selection following a series of impressive performances for the Wiltshire club in 2013/14.

Luongo made 53 appearances for the Robins, scoring six goals, and earning his first international cap for the Socceroos in the friendly against Ecuador at Milwall’s New Den in March.

He is widely expected to be named by Aussie national coach Ange Postecoglou in the 30-man squad which will be put through their paces at a training camp in Syndey in the build-up to the competition in Brazil, before Postecoglou cuts its numbers to the maximum 23 allowed by FIFA.

Luongo’s chances of being included in the initial 30-man squad may have been enhanced by news that Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak, who is expected to captain his country in Brazil, may not train before the tournament after going off injured during his club side’s trip to Fulham at the weekend.

The 23-year-old old will be vying for a place with the likes of James Holland of Austria Vienna, FC Utrecht’s Adam Sarota, Oliver Bozanic of FC Luzern and Brisbane Roar favourite Matt McKay.

Finally, former Swindon man Lee Cox signed a two-year deal with Plymouth Argyle yesterday following his release by Town 10 days previously.

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8:05am Tue 13 May 14

smirg kcab says...

Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?.
Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine.
Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?. Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine. smirg kcab
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9:00am Tue 13 May 14

London Red says...

Because its not all about 2014!
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Its no different to England naming Stones in the 30 man squad but not in the final 23
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Or taking Shaw instead of Cole and Sven taking Walcott in 2006
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They obviously think he is part of the Socceroos future and want to have a good look at him and hoiw he interacts with the rest of the squad
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Well done and Good luck would have been a better comment
Because its not all about 2014! . Its no different to England naming Stones in the 30 man squad but not in the final 23 . Or taking Shaw instead of Cole and Sven taking Walcott in 2006 . They obviously think he is part of the Socceroos future and want to have a good look at him and hoiw he interacts with the rest of the squad . Well done and Good luck would have been a better comment London Red
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9:36am Tue 13 May 14

Rebel_phish says...

Good luck to Mass.

His inclusion would be a great confidence boost for him and wouldn't do the Aussies any harm either.
Good luck to Mass. His inclusion would be a great confidence boost for him and wouldn't do the Aussies any harm either. Rebel_phish
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11:41am Tue 13 May 14

old town robin says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?.
Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine.
Thought he showed a big improvement in the second half against Rotherham, Burnt out in second half of the season without a doubt, but with a little bit of rest and time off, looked to me he recharged his batteries considerably.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?. Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine.[/p][/quote]Thought he showed a big improvement in the second half against Rotherham, Burnt out in second half of the season without a doubt, but with a little bit of rest and time off, looked to me he recharged his batteries considerably. old town robin
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3:47pm Tue 13 May 14

smirg kcab says...

old town robin wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?.
Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine.
Thought he showed a big improvement in the second half against Rotherham, Burnt out in second half of the season without a doubt, but with a little bit of rest and time off, looked to me he recharged his batteries considerably.
Hope your right otr, a good player on his day.
With a small squad next season we can't afford to carry light weights.

London not sure on your remark about 2014?
Couldn't care less who England picks, I'm only interested in the best outcome for us
Just a thought
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Why would they want to include a burnt out player by his own admission ?. Remember before the minuses, it was his words and coopers not mine.[/p][/quote]Thought he showed a big improvement in the second half against Rotherham, Burnt out in second half of the season without a doubt, but with a little bit of rest and time off, looked to me he recharged his batteries considerably.[/p][/quote]Hope your right otr, a good player on his day. With a small squad next season we can't afford to carry light weights. London not sure on your remark about 2014? Couldn't care less who England picks, I'm only interested in the best outcome for us Just a thought smirg kcab
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5:03pm Tue 13 May 14

MidlandRobin says...

Never would have thought a Swindon player would ever make it to a World Cup whilst we're in league one. Would be great if mass was part of it! Good luck lad
Never would have thought a Swindon player would ever make it to a World Cup whilst we're in league one. Would be great if mass was part of it! Good luck lad MidlandRobin
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9:05pm Tue 13 May 14

old town robin says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
Never would have thought a Swindon player would ever make it to a World Cup whilst we're in league one. Would be great if mass was part of it! Good luck lad
Could have had two MR, if Kasim hadn't got injured.
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: Never would have thought a Swindon player would ever make it to a World Cup whilst we're in league one. Would be great if mass was part of it! Good luck lad[/p][/quote]Could have had two MR, if Kasim hadn't got injured. old town robin
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7:34pm Thu 29 May 14

smirg kcab says...

Well done and good luck (if selected which I doubt)
And remember its all about 2013 and 2016 ??????
Well done and good luck (if selected which I doubt) And remember its all about 2013 and 2016 ?????? smirg kcab
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