Swindon Town winger Massimo Luongo says he is not expected to play at the World Cup in Brazil with Australia, states the Swindon Advertiser.
The 21 year old knows he will have to fight hard to get game time in Brazil. He is determined to make a mark on the future in the national side even if he doesn’t make it on the pitch this summer.
The former Tottenham has made an impression on the Australian manager Ange Postecoglou after a successful season with the League One club but his lack of national team experience, he thinks he won’t have game time at the biggest tournament in football.
“The day before the final squad was announced we had a game so it was a rest day, so everyone was off, and we basically walked up to breakfast and the coaches addressed everyone and said the names of the four players who wouldn’t be in the squad, I wasn’t one of them so I realised I was in the team.
“There were a few injuries on the way so think things went my way a little, because that probably forced their hand a little and helped me get into the squad.
“To be honest, I’m maybe the second youngest player in the squad so maybe I’ve been brought in to get some experience and any game time will be to show what I can do for the future. I can help out the team in terms of giving some people a rest and I’m quite fresh so I need to get used to everything and how it all works.” he added.
“I’ve had three weeks with them now so I think I’ve made an impression and they know what I’m all about. Proving myself is important and it’s important to help the team to prepare even if I don’t end up playing.”