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Loungo's World Cup place still up in the air
MASSIMO Luongo remains in the dark as to whether or not he is still in with a shout of making the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup.
Luongo was handed his international debut by Aussie coach Ange Postecoglou in a friendly against Ecuador in March and still has hopes he will be included in the initial 30-man squad which will attend a training camp in Sydney later this month.
However, neither he nor the rest of his teammates from the Australia set-up have been given a firm steer on their possible selection by Postecoglou.
“He’s a lot different to a lot of managers. He gets his staff to get in contact with players, I get updates quite often to see how I’m doing,” said Luongo.
“I don’t think anyone knows til the last minute. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. I don’t know where I stand but I don’t have to worry about it. I can concentrate on what I’m doing here.
“I wouldn’t have thought I was in contention for the World Cup at the start of the season, being in League One probably being the main reason, but obviously I’m doing something right if I’m in a possible squad.
“I only did 15 minutes against Ecuador but I felt comfortable and I had really good players around me, which helped. I just have to keep playing and stay injury free.
“There’s a camp in Sydney and that’s a 30-man squad and then they cut it down to a 23-man squad.
“No one knows. I’m sure we’ll find out somewhere. I haven’t kept tabs on it all.”
With one game of the League One season remaining for Luongo, with Rotherham United visiting Swindon Town on Saturday, the midfielder is looking to avoid injury and maintain his match fitness prior to the announcement of the 30-man training squad by Postecoglou sometime in May.
When asked whether he had one more game to impress his national coach, he said: “I’d say less impress, more like get minutes under my belt. They’re 24 hours away on a plane so they won’t really be keeping tabs on me with a close eye. As long as they see I’m playing, touch wood I’m not injured and I’m working hard, that’s probably the best thing for me to do.
“I just worry about playing here and playing well. It’s a bonus if I get called up. I’d love to play in a World Cup but I’m not going to get my hopes up.”
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