SWINDON TOWN: Luongo selected in Australia squad

Massimo Luongo could make his Australia debut against Ecuador next week

Massimo Luongo could make his Australia debut against Ecuador next week

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MASSIMO Luongo has been called up by Australia for their friendly clash with Ecuador next week.

The Swindon Town midfielder has been named in the Socceroos' 23-strong squad for the clash, which is due to take place at The New Dean on Wednesday, March 5.

Luongo was rested by Town manager Mark Cooper for the 1-1 draw with Crawley Town this evening.

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1:52am Wed 26 Feb 14

stevehalloz says...

Just saw the news in the Sydney Morning Herald - well done Massimo.

If he makes it to the World Cup, he'll be playing against Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in the group stages - I suspect Australia won't make it to the knock out phase.

I went to a couple of the qualifiers here in Sydney and he couldn't have done much worse than a couple of the Aussie players on show.
Just saw the news in the Sydney Morning Herald - well done Massimo. If he makes it to the World Cup, he'll be playing against Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in the group stages - I suspect Australia won't make it to the knock out phase. I went to a couple of the qualifiers here in Sydney and he couldn't have done much worse than a couple of the Aussie players on show. stevehalloz
  • Score: 14

2:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

Adelaide Red says...

Congratulations that man. One of the best players in the final run in last season. Since he has signed a permanent contract, has not been able to turn in the same man of the match performances. Fingers crossed that the call up will be a positive impact on club form!!!
Congratulations that man. One of the best players in the final run in last season. Since he has signed a permanent contract, has not been able to turn in the same man of the match performances. Fingers crossed that the call up will be a positive impact on club form!!! Adelaide Red
  • Score: 11

3:22am Wed 26 Feb 14

Fernham Red says...

Wow, congratulations Massimo - I hope your parents can come across and watch that match too!! I wonder how soon it will be before we can buy Socceroo's shirts in the STFC shop....definitely my second team for the World Cup now! Play without fear and you'll go far. Amazing, amazing!

I've not been this excited since Jan Åge Fjørtoft pulled on a shirt for Norway vs Mexico some twenty years ago in Washington DC.

Go and make some history!
Wow, congratulations Massimo - I hope your parents can come across and watch that match too!! I wonder how soon it will be before we can buy Socceroo's shirts in the STFC shop....definitely my second team for the World Cup now! Play without fear and you'll go far. Amazing, amazing! I've not been this excited since Jan Åge Fjørtoft pulled on a shirt for Norway vs Mexico some twenty years ago in Washington DC. Go and make some history! Fernham Red
  • Score: 12

3:24am Wed 26 Feb 14

Fernham Red says...

All we need now is for Branco to get called up for the host nation!
All we need now is for Branco to get called up for the host nation! Fernham Red
  • Score: 10

5:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

Fernham Red says...

What Ange had to say:

“I watched Massimo play for Swindon, again a young player with promise who hasn’t been around the national team before.

“I guess more for him is to get him around the national team and see how he fits into our culture. Certainly he’s a talented young player doing the hard yards in league one, a difficult league, but he’s playing regularly so I wanted to get a good look at him.”
What Ange had to say: “I watched Massimo play for Swindon, again a young player with promise who hasn’t been around the national team before. “I guess more for him is to get him around the national team and see how he fits into our culture. Certainly he’s a talented young player doing the hard yards in league one, a difficult league, but he’s playing regularly so I wanted to get a good look at him.” Fernham Red
  • Score: 4

6:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

He's too knackered to play for us.
So fair play to cooper for resting him for his big friendly
He's too knackered to play for us. So fair play to cooper for resting him for his big friendly smirg kcab
  • Score: -20

7:23am Wed 26 Feb 14

STFConyourpitch says...

Fernham Red wrote:
All we need now is for Branco to get called up for the host nation!
When pigs fly....
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: All we need now is for Branco to get called up for the host nation![/p][/quote]When pigs fly.... STFConyourpitch
  • Score: -3

8:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

Graham8181 says...

Cooper for England
Cooper for England Graham8181
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8:12am Wed 26 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries
Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries Is that you Lovesey
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8:22am Wed 26 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

I have been a season ticket holder and a swindon fan for a very long time, I started watching town in 1983, this is the first season that I am seriously thinking I need to take a break from watching them for a bit, I am just not enjoying it in any shape or form, last night was the final nail, I was about to ring up and renew my ST but If this style of keep ball football in our own half is where we are headed then I am not sure I can bear to watch it any more, its the most bored I have been at football for a very long time, that is not criticising the manager or the players or the chairman directly but as a collective, there was no way there were more fans there last night than at the JPT semi, which means we must have not declared the right crowd at one of them....
I have been a season ticket holder and a swindon fan for a very long time, I started watching town in 1983, this is the first season that I am seriously thinking I need to take a break from watching them for a bit, I am just not enjoying it in any shape or form, last night was the final nail, I was about to ring up and renew my ST but If this style of keep ball football in our own half is where we are headed then I am not sure I can bear to watch it any more, its the most bored I have been at football for a very long time, that is not criticising the manager or the players or the chairman directly but as a collective, there was no way there were more fans there last night than at the JPT semi, which means we must have not declared the right crowd at one of them.... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: -7

8:32am Wed 26 Feb 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

fantastic news! hope he does well for them and gets into the world cup squad - that would be great! I would fear he would have plenty of offers though should that happen - but i wish him all the best!
fantastic news! hope he does well for them and gets into the world cup squad - that would be great! I would fear he would have plenty of offers though should that happen - but i wish him all the best! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 8

8:43am Wed 26 Feb 14

SuperGooner says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries
Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway!
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries[/p][/quote]Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway! SuperGooner
  • Score: 6

9:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

oz ashes says...

SuperGooner wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries
Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway!
Yes games a home game for Australia in london
[quote][p][bold]SuperGooner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries[/p][/quote]Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway![/p][/quote]Yes games a home game for Australia in london oz ashes
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11:04am Wed 26 Feb 14

swwindon61uk says...

Congratulations Massimo,could be just the lift for him which can only help our cause also.
Congratulations Massimo,could be just the lift for him which can only help our cause also. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 3

12:01pm Wed 26 Feb 14

London Red says...

oz ashes wrote:
SuperGooner wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries
Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway!
Yes games a home game for Australia in london
Guess its the only way for the Coach to take a good look at the European based players
[quote][p][bold]oz ashes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SuperGooner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: Too tired to play for us last night, dead on his feet after the O's game so a 24,000 mile round trip and a friendly in Australia should help re charge his batteries[/p][/quote]Is the New Den, Home of Milwall FC 24,000 miles away? I am assuming it is the New Den and not the New Dean as reported anyway![/p][/quote]Yes games a home game for Australia in london[/p][/quote]Guess its the only way for the Coach to take a good look at the European based players London Red
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1:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Congratulations to Mass on this call up.

Guess this may also increase his value if he does well?

On another note I was dismayed to hear Cooper on interview say he was mentally and physically shot to pieces. The lad needs a rest that's fine but just say that!
Congratulations to Mass on this call up. Guess this may also increase his value if he does well? On another note I was dismayed to hear Cooper on interview say he was mentally and physically shot to pieces. The lad needs a rest that's fine but just say that! Wilesy
  • Score: -1

1:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I have been a season ticket holder and a swindon fan for a very long time, I started watching town in 1983, this is the first season that I am seriously thinking I need to take a break from watching them for a bit, I am just not enjoying it in any shape or form, last night was the final nail, I was about to ring up and renew my ST but If this style of keep ball football in our own half is where we are headed then I am not sure I can bear to watch it any more, its the most bored I have been at football for a very long time, that is not criticising the manager or the players or the chairman directly but as a collective, there was no way there were more fans there last night than at the JPT semi, which means we must have not declared the right crowd at one of them....
It's frustrating when they play the boring stuff as we know they can do so much better which we frequently see after we concede a goal it seems to spark us into life.

The atmosphere was non-existent as well even the Town End didn't sing until the half hour mark.

When Byrne was running at them Crawley looked scared to death, same at Port Vale recently with Pritchard and Murphy. Why don't we try that all the time, from the start?

Perhaps because as Kasim has previously said, when Ranger plays he has the confidence to get forward as he knows he'll get the ball back. Without him too often nothing sticks....

I agree though with you, the thought of 23 games like last night is scary stuff. I know a few season ticket holders who are now staying away until the tactics change as it's like watching a 90 minute warm-up and they're simply not entertained. To be fair they did say that watching the Posh game on telly on double speed wasn't too bad though lol.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I have been a season ticket holder and a swindon fan for a very long time, I started watching town in 1983, this is the first season that I am seriously thinking I need to take a break from watching them for a bit, I am just not enjoying it in any shape or form, last night was the final nail, I was about to ring up and renew my ST but If this style of keep ball football in our own half is where we are headed then I am not sure I can bear to watch it any more, its the most bored I have been at football for a very long time, that is not criticising the manager or the players or the chairman directly but as a collective, there was no way there were more fans there last night than at the JPT semi, which means we must have not declared the right crowd at one of them....[/p][/quote]It's frustrating when they play the boring stuff as we know they can do so much better which we frequently see after we concede a goal it seems to spark us into life. The atmosphere was non-existent as well even the Town End didn't sing until the half hour mark. When Byrne was running at them Crawley looked scared to death, same at Port Vale recently with Pritchard and Murphy. Why don't we try that all the time, from the start? Perhaps because as Kasim has previously said, when Ranger plays he has the confidence to get forward as he knows he'll get the ball back. Without him too often nothing sticks.... I agree though with you, the thought of 23 games like last night is scary stuff. I know a few season ticket holders who are now staying away until the tactics change as it's like watching a 90 minute warm-up and they're simply not entertained. To be fair they did say that watching the Posh game on telly on double speed wasn't too bad though lol. Wilesy
  • Score: 0

8:24pm Wed 26 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

smirg kcab wrote:
He's too knackered to play for us.
So fair play to cooper for resting him for his big friendly
spot on
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: He's too knackered to play for us. So fair play to cooper for resting him for his big friendly[/p][/quote]spot on alchafreds
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