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Luongo makes World Cup squad

Swindon Advertiser: Massimo Luongo Massimo Luongo

SWINDON Town midfielder Massimo Luongo has been included in Australia's 23-man squad for the World Cup.

After impressing in Australia’s 2-0 friendly victory over Clube Varana on Monday night, Luongo survived head coach Ange Postecoglou’s final cut as four players were let go ahead of the finals.

Mark Birighitti, Josh Kennedy, Tom Rogic and Luke Wilkshire are the unlucky men missing out, meaning Luongo will be part of the Socceroos campaign which begins against Chile on June 13.

The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994.

“Every step of the selection process has been difficult because the players have worked very hard since they came into camp but we have had to weigh up form, fitness and squad balance in coming up with the 23 players who will represent Australia at the 2014 World Cup,” Postecoglou said.

“We’ve selected a squad that can do Australia proud and they will walk out onto the pitch for the World Cup in the green and gold shirt and display the characteristics that define our country.

“Our stated aim is to make our country proud, show the world what Australians are made of and test ourselves against the very best football players in the world and this group of players is capable of doing that.”

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1:58pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Since 1950 says...

Good on yer!
Good on yer! Since 1950
  • Score: 11

2:09pm Tue 3 Jun 14

red white says...

Yes!!!
Awesome.
Yes!!! Awesome. red white
  • Score: 10

2:15pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Rebel_phish says...

Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it.

Well done Mass, fully deserved.

Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know.
Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it. Well done Mass, fully deserved. Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know. Rebel_phish
  • Score: -2

2:24pm Tue 3 Jun 14

FORZASTFC says...

Well Done Mass!
Hope you come back buoyed up from your WORLD CUP experience lad?
Well Done Mass! Hope you come back buoyed up from your WORLD CUP experience lad? FORZASTFC
  • Score: 8

2:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Harleyred says...

We'll I hope he does not get tired and miss some Swindon games like cooper used as an excuse last season . Don't think the Roos have much chance of getting out of the group stage .
We'll I hope he does not get tired and miss some Swindon games like cooper used as an excuse last season . Don't think the Roos have much chance of getting out of the group stage . Harleyred
  • Score: -30

3:01pm Tue 3 Jun 14

swinRhino says...

Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender!

"The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994."

And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup!
Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender! "The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994." And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup! swinRhino
  • Score: 6

3:05pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Nassingtonred says...

Thoroughly deserved and a massive bonus not only for the player but also for all of us at STFC..
Thoroughly deserved and a massive bonus not only for the player but also for all of us at STFC.. Nassingtonred
  • Score: 13

3:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Nassingtonred says...

Thoroughly deserved and a massive bonus not only for the player but also all at STFC...
He certainly deserves the honour in representing his country and will come back stronger and wiser and hopefully ready for the coming season..
Thoroughly deserved and a massive bonus not only for the player but also all at STFC... He certainly deserves the honour in representing his country and will come back stronger and wiser and hopefully ready for the coming season.. Nassingtonred
  • Score: 11

3:22pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Norfolk Red says...

Brilliant, Well done Massimo!

Hope he gets on, it would be great to see his name and our club underneath it :-)
Brilliant, Well done Massimo! Hope he gets on, it would be great to see his name and our club underneath it :-) Norfolk Red
  • Score: 8

3:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Oi Den! says...

Hope gets at least one game and does well. Can't see Australia having any more than 3 matches though.
Hope gets at least one game and does well. Can't see Australia having any more than 3 matches though. Oi Den!
  • Score: 8

4:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14

the wizard says...

Harleyred wrote:
We'll I hope he does not get tired and miss some Swindon games like cooper used as an excuse last season . Don't think the Roos have much chance of getting out of the group stage .
Shame to break the habit of a lifetime and come out with something positive, shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]Harleyred[/bold] wrote: We'll I hope he does not get tired and miss some Swindon games like cooper used as an excuse last season . Don't think the Roos have much chance of getting out of the group stage .[/p][/quote]Shame to break the habit of a lifetime and come out with something positive, shame on you. the wizard
  • Score: 7

5:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Fernham Red says...

Was it ever in doubt? Awesome fantastic amazing brilliant.......made my day that has!!
Was it ever in doubt? Awesome fantastic amazing brilliant.......made my day that has!! Fernham Red
  • Score: 7

5:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

lifelong red says...

Well done Mass , the experience alone will enhance his career greatly , hopefully will help him become an even better player.
Well done Mass , the experience alone will enhance his career greatly , hopefully will help him become an even better player. lifelong red
  • Score: 11

6:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

We are PANTS says...

Well done Mass!! Playing against world class players can only improve you as a player, which in turn will help STFC......
Well done Mass!! Playing against world class players can only improve you as a player, which in turn will help STFC...... We are PANTS
  • Score: 11

6:39pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Last step says...

Come on you Roos!
Come on you Roos! Last step
  • Score: 4

7:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Fantastic news and hope he makes an appearance on the TV.
Congratulations to the lad, a decent one at that.
Fantastic news and hope he makes an appearance on the TV. Congratulations to the lad, a decent one at that. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 9

7:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

nosyrudeman says...

What a ripper, good on ya mate. Good to have a STFC representative at the 2014 World Cup. C'mon you Roos.
What a ripper, good on ya mate. Good to have a STFC representative at the 2014 World Cup. C'mon you Roos. nosyrudeman
  • Score: 8

8:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Fernham Red says...

Just looked up the match report on goal.com. Massa played the full 90 minutes and had a low shot needing a decent save. Keep working hard Massa and you'll retain your place in the starting line-up. Then the fruits of your labour will be rewarded even further:

You can take it easy in a fixture only sporting the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez in the gold and green's opening World Cup fixture in Cuiaba.

Things will really begin to warm up in Porto Alegre where Wesley Sneider, Arjen Robben, Nigel de Jong and Robin Van Persie will take to the field.

Things then hit fever pitch in Curitiba where Iniesta, Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Fernando Torres and Diego Costa await you.

You're in for one hell of a pre-season ahead of that all important opening match of the new league one campaign.

Good man yerself!
Just looked up the match report on goal.com. Massa played the full 90 minutes and had a low shot needing a decent save. Keep working hard Massa and you'll retain your place in the starting line-up. Then the fruits of your labour will be rewarded even further: You can take it easy in a fixture only sporting the likes of Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez in the gold and green's opening World Cup fixture in Cuiaba. Things will really begin to warm up in Porto Alegre where Wesley Sneider, Arjen Robben, Nigel de Jong and Robin Van Persie will take to the field. Things then hit fever pitch in Curitiba where Iniesta, Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Fernando Torres and Diego Costa await you. You're in for one hell of a pre-season ahead of that all important opening match of the new league one campaign. Good man yerself! Fernham Red
  • Score: 9

9:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Farteaboy says...

Great news...but "young defender?" As an STFC exile Down Under I confess I've got mixed feelings though. Will be great to see a Swindon player at the WC. Hoping he does really well (even though that would almost certainly see him move on to higher things). On the other hand I secretly hope the ridiculously named "Socceroos" lose every match by a heavy margin. They get so far ahead of themselves here about how good they are, that a reality check is needed. And this is the one game...OUR game...that they must never succeed at!
Great news...but "young defender?" As an STFC exile Down Under I confess I've got mixed feelings though. Will be great to see a Swindon player at the WC. Hoping he does really well (even though that would almost certainly see him move on to higher things). On the other hand I secretly hope the ridiculously named "Socceroos" lose every match by a heavy margin. They get so far ahead of themselves here about how good they are, that a reality check is needed. And this is the one game...OUR game...that they must never succeed at! Farteaboy
  • Score: -1

12:00am Wed 4 Jun 14

Adelaide Red says...

Farteaboy wrote:
Great news...but "young defender?" As an STFC exile Down Under I confess I've got mixed feelings though. Will be great to see a Swindon player at the WC. Hoping he does really well (even though that would almost certainly see him move on to higher things). On the other hand I secretly hope the ridiculously named "Socceroos" lose every match by a heavy margin. They get so far ahead of themselves here about how good they are, that a reality check is needed. And this is the one game...OUR game...that they must never succeed at!
Some one sounds bitter and twisted.... Sure you still want to share there beautiful country.
[quote][p][bold]Farteaboy[/bold] wrote: Great news...but "young defender?" As an STFC exile Down Under I confess I've got mixed feelings though. Will be great to see a Swindon player at the WC. Hoping he does really well (even though that would almost certainly see him move on to higher things). On the other hand I secretly hope the ridiculously named "Socceroos" lose every match by a heavy margin. They get so far ahead of themselves here about how good they are, that a reality check is needed. And this is the one game...OUR game...that they must never succeed at![/p][/quote]Some one sounds bitter and twisted.... Sure you still want to share there beautiful country. Adelaide Red
  • Score: 2

2:27am Wed 4 Jun 14

grovesie says...

It is a wonderful country down under-completely love the lifestyle after 25 yrs here. BUT many of us still have a soft spot for the UK and even more so for the likes of STFC. I still always support England in the Ashes and Rugby Union games, can't deny your heritage! Anyway good luck to Massimo and STFC in the upcoming season. Hopefully the Championship is just around the corner. Nearly time for my next visit when I hope to catch up with a game at the C Ground.
It is a wonderful country down under-completely love the lifestyle after 25 yrs here. BUT many of us still have a soft spot for the UK and even more so for the likes of STFC. I still always support England in the Ashes and Rugby Union games, can't deny your heritage! Anyway good luck to Massimo and STFC in the upcoming season. Hopefully the Championship is just around the corner. Nearly time for my next visit when I hope to catch up with a game at the C Ground. grovesie
  • Score: 4

7:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

port de soller says...

In my Post yesterday "PROPEGANDA" was meant as decent publicity that a Town Player had reached world class status,does make a change from recent events over the last few years.
as to comments om Mas lasting 90 mins load of B/S hope he goes out and proves all the doom and gloom merchants wrong
Well done Mas
In my Post yesterday "PROPEGANDA" was meant as decent publicity that a Town Player had reached world class status,does make a change from recent events over the last few years. as to comments om Mas lasting 90 mins load of B/S hope he goes out and proves all the doom and gloom merchants wrong Well done Mas port de soller
  • Score: -2

7:33am Wed 4 Jun 14

Helpme234 says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it.

Well done Mass, fully deserved.

Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know.
Hi Rebel how you doing?
Any news on the final prediction league outcome on the horizon yet or are you waiting for Sam?
O/T - seems that James Coliins may be moving from Hibs to Shrewsbury for around £125K
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it. Well done Mass, fully deserved. Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know.[/p][/quote]Hi Rebel how you doing? Any news on the final prediction league outcome on the horizon yet or are you waiting for Sam? O/T - seems that James Coliins may be moving from Hibs to Shrewsbury for around £125K Helpme234
  • Score: 1

8:23am Wed 4 Jun 14

Tim Mara says...

Aussie football supporter here who decided to check on the Swindon press reaction to Massimo Luongo's inclusion in the Australian squad. He is a real asset to the squad and thoroughly deserves his place. Great to see all the support he is getting from the STFC fans apart from the one who thinks we are "ahead of ourselves" and hopes that we "loose every game by a heavy margin". Thanks mate and welcome to Australia!

I'm an ex-UK migrant myself and proud to be a supporter of our 'Socceroos'. No we're not ahead of ourselves. We realise that we have a young and relatively experienced squad but we're **** proud and 100% behind them all.

Bring on Spain, Netherlands and Chile - they can be guaranteed of worthy opponents who will give every ounce of energy for OUR team.

Thanks to STFC for bringing on Massimo's talents and readying him for the honour of wearing the Green and Gold at the World Cup. Tim M.
Aussie football supporter here who decided to check on the Swindon press reaction to Massimo Luongo's inclusion in the Australian squad. He is a real asset to the squad and thoroughly deserves his place. Great to see all the support he is getting from the STFC fans apart from the one who thinks we are "ahead of ourselves" and hopes that we "loose every game by a heavy margin". Thanks mate and welcome to Australia! I'm an ex-UK migrant myself and proud to be a supporter of our 'Socceroos'. No we're not ahead of ourselves. We realise that we have a young and relatively experienced squad but we're **** proud and 100% behind them all. Bring on Spain, Netherlands and Chile - they can be guaranteed of worthy opponents who will give every ounce of energy for OUR team. Thanks to STFC for bringing on Massimo's talents and readying him for the honour of wearing the Green and Gold at the World Cup. Tim M. Tim Mara
  • Score: 14

8:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

the don69 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Hope gets at least one game and does well. Can't see Australia having any more than 3 matches though.
Yep agree with that Den, that sounds about right for England too 3 games and back on the plane, I hope this improves Massimo for next season, he was very disappointing for much of last season for me and needs to learn to boss games!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Hope gets at least one game and does well. Can't see Australia having any more than 3 matches though.[/p][/quote]Yep agree with that Den, that sounds about right for England too 3 games and back on the plane, I hope this improves Massimo for next season, he was very disappointing for much of last season for me and needs to learn to boss games!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 2

9:23am Wed 4 Jun 14

socraties says...

swinRhino wrote:
Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender! "The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994." And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup!
I thought Fitzroy Simpson represented Jamaica?
[quote][p][bold]swinRhino[/bold] wrote: Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender! "The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994." And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup![/p][/quote]I thought Fitzroy Simpson represented Jamaica? socraties
  • Score: 3

9:46am Wed 4 Jun 14

stfclondon says...

Great news! I'll be watching Australia's games with interest. They're in a very tough group (Group of Death?) but what a fantastic experience for the lad, which can only benefit him and STFC.
Great news! I'll be watching Australia's games with interest. They're in a very tough group (Group of Death?) but what a fantastic experience for the lad, which can only benefit him and STFC. stfclondon
  • Score: 3

10:23am Wed 4 Jun 14

Graham8181 says...

well done young man, will be watching your games with much more interest now !!
well done young man, will be watching your games with much more interest now !! Graham8181
  • Score: 2

11:05am Wed 4 Jun 14

stfclondon says...

socraties wrote:
swinRhino wrote:
Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender! "The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994." And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup!
I thought Fitzroy Simpson represented Jamaica?
He did, but he wasn't a Swindon player at the time.
[quote][p][bold]socraties[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swinRhino[/bold] wrote: Well done - can only be beneficial to his game - he is learning to be a defender! "The young defender will become just the third player to represent the Robins in a World Cup, following Ireland's Alan McLoughlin in 1990 and Norway's Jan Aage Fjortoft in 1994." And I didn't think there was a Robin's team entered into the world cup![/p][/quote]I thought Fitzroy Simpson represented Jamaica?[/p][/quote]He did, but he wasn't a Swindon player at the time. stfclondon
  • Score: 1

11:17am Wed 4 Jun 14

Wilesy says...

Great news for Mass and interesting to see a Town player at the World Cup.

Yes his form dropped off a bit at the end of his first full season but he is undoubtedly very promising, and on his day an excellent player.

Not sure on the Oz formation or whether he will be holding or attacking or both, but good luck to him. Be interesting to see what happens should he have a blinder against Spain, some fairly hefty bids come in....

On another note I see Tommy Agombar (Harry's dad) has taken on Hereford......
Great news for Mass and interesting to see a Town player at the World Cup. Yes his form dropped off a bit at the end of his first full season but he is undoubtedly very promising, and on his day an excellent player. Not sure on the Oz formation or whether he will be holding or attacking or both, but good luck to him. Be interesting to see what happens should he have a blinder against Spain, some fairly hefty bids come in.... On another note I see Tommy Agombar (Harry's dad) has taken on Hereford...... Wilesy
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Swindon1984 says...

Tim Mara wrote:
Aussie football supporter here who decided to check on the Swindon press reaction to Massimo Luongo's inclusion in the Australian squad. He is a real asset to the squad and thoroughly deserves his place. Great to see all the support he is getting from the STFC fans apart from the one who thinks we are "ahead of ourselves" and hopes that we "loose every game by a heavy margin". Thanks mate and welcome to Australia! I'm an ex-UK migrant myself and proud to be a supporter of our 'Socceroos'. No we're not ahead of ourselves. We realise that we have a young and relatively experienced squad but we're **** proud and 100% behind them all. Bring on Spain, Netherlands and Chile - they can be guaranteed of worthy opponents who will give every ounce of energy for OUR team. Thanks to STFC for bringing on Massimo's talents and readying him for the honour of wearing the Green and Gold at the World Cup. Tim M.
Cheers for your input. Once I saw Massa was in the full squad the decision was made that I'll be "supporting" (i.e taking at least some degree of interest in) the Aussies this time out, as it's the closest thing till August to supporting the town - couldn't give a monkeys who wins the world and generally find international football a bit tedious (don't get me wrong there've been some great ones but it's a totally different style of football, can be very, very cagey). Just great to see something Swindon related that doesn't involve a court case over the next few weeks.
[quote][p][bold]Tim Mara[/bold] wrote: Aussie football supporter here who decided to check on the Swindon press reaction to Massimo Luongo's inclusion in the Australian squad. He is a real asset to the squad and thoroughly deserves his place. Great to see all the support he is getting from the STFC fans apart from the one who thinks we are "ahead of ourselves" and hopes that we "loose every game by a heavy margin". Thanks mate and welcome to Australia! I'm an ex-UK migrant myself and proud to be a supporter of our 'Socceroos'. No we're not ahead of ourselves. We realise that we have a young and relatively experienced squad but we're **** proud and 100% behind them all. Bring on Spain, Netherlands and Chile - they can be guaranteed of worthy opponents who will give every ounce of energy for OUR team. Thanks to STFC for bringing on Massimo's talents and readying him for the honour of wearing the Green and Gold at the World Cup. Tim M.[/p][/quote]Cheers for your input. Once I saw Massa was in the full squad the decision was made that I'll be "supporting" (i.e taking at least some degree of interest in) the Aussies this time out, as it's the closest thing till August to supporting the town - couldn't give a monkeys who wins the world and generally find international football a bit tedious (don't get me wrong there've been some great ones but it's a totally different style of football, can be very, very cagey). Just great to see something Swindon related that doesn't involve a court case over the next few weeks. Swindon1984
  • Score: 2

7:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

bearwoodred says...

really pleased for him - must be a great moment in his career apart from playing for the Town of course. Will be an unforgetable experience and wiil also help make him a better player.
really pleased for him - must be a great moment in his career apart from playing for the Town of course. Will be an unforgetable experience and wiil also help make him a better player. bearwoodred
  • Score: 2

11:36am Sat 7 Jun 14

red white says...

Helpme234 wrote:
Rebel_phish wrote:
Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it.

Well done Mass, fully deserved.

Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know.
Hi Rebel how you doing?
Any news on the final prediction league outcome on the horizon yet or are you waiting for Sam?
O/T - seems that James Coliins may be moving from Hibs to Shrewsbury for around £125K
Yeah the suspense is killing us,I was fighting relegation!!
[quote][p][bold]Helpme234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. Oh sorry, he didn't make it. Well done Mass, fully deserved. Can't see Australia getting out of the group but you never know.[/p][/quote]Hi Rebel how you doing? Any news on the final prediction league outcome on the horizon yet or are you waiting for Sam? O/T - seems that James Coliins may be moving from Hibs to Shrewsbury for around £125K[/p][/quote]Yeah the suspense is killing us,I was fighting relegation!! red white
  • Score: 0

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