SWINDON Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has been selected in Australia's preliminary 30-man squad ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man, who made his international debut for the Socceroos in a friendly with Ecuador in March, will meet up with his Aussie teammates in Sydney for a training camp at the end of this week .
Australia play South Africa in a friendly on March 26, after which coach Ange Postecoglou will trim his squad down to 27 before the final 23 men who will represent the country in Brazil are named on June 2. The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12.
Postecoglou said of his initial selection: "We’re excited to announce the preliminary 30-man Socceroos squad for the World Cup. We’ve selected a squad we believe will represent the people of Australia with pride on the biggest stage in world sport.
“The squad has been selected with form and fitness as key indicators as well as having one eye on the future.
“We face a formidable challenge in Brazil but it is also a big opportunity and we head to the World Cup with no barriers as we look to write a new chapter in our rich football history.”
“We’ve named 30 players for the camp and will leave Australia with 27 before cutting the squad to 23 before the first game but we want all 30 players and the staff to get a meaningful experience out of the camps and World Cup.
“We want the camp to be competitive to make sure the training intensity is as high as possible as players strive to make the final 23 squad but everyone is equally important as we also have one eye on the future.”