Friday, August 31, 2007
Mix 'n' Match - brief update
With the Olyroo qualifiers happening at the same time, and thus depriving the senior side of such 2010 hopefuls as Mark Milligan, Nathan Burns, Danny Vukovic and Stuart Musialik, Arnold's use of the term "squad of the future" to describe the collection of players due to face Argentina is faintly ridiculous. Once again, though, it's hard to see what else he could have done.
The original June 6 date for the friendly would have been both opportune (given the proximity of the Asian Cup) and free of availability issues. As things stand now, the match is taking place in a strange no-man's-land, in the midst of the Euro season, with no tournament on the horizon, and without the Under 23s.
That's what happens when you allow yourselves to be bullied over scheduling, as I remain convinced the FFA were with regards to the original date.
It's an unbalanced squad as well, with no less than eight central midfielders and no natural right-sided players (unless you count the tactical salamander Luke Wilkshire). But that is what we've come to expect in recent times.
I know i know i have heard about Advocaat but i we've had no confiramtion on it from the FFA... so what teh hell is going on here?
Colosimo and Bolton's inclusions are a joke.
Heffo couldn't make it in Europe yet he is good enough for international football?
Am I missing something.
Agree on tactical selections but Arnie has limitations as Dirty Harry said
It's the usual story. Those of the Euro second tier who aren't part of the favoured crew are just ignored, regardless of form.