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If the next Socceroos squad (March) is A-League only, I'd suggest the following Mariners have to be in the mix:

Birra; Rowles; Tongyik; Bozanic; De Silva

If you're top of the league, you ought to be dominating the rep teams, but I'd be amazed if they all got picked. Birra would have to be a shoe-in but the other four would have to be part of Arnie's conversations.
The international game is a massive step up, particularly at the sharp end where players are often coming from the top clubs in the world.
For me, most players in the A-league are not performing at that level, because they don't have to against relatively low league opposition. (A-league being, maybe 5th tier on the International scale). There are odd ones who display the talent and character to take the step up, but not many.
For example DDS, who undoubtedly has talent and is playing so much better than last year, is still losing the ball a lot through poor decision making. For international level those mistakes are too frequent. His inability to overcome fitness issues throughout last year, whether due to his physiology, mentality or emotional problems, is going to to be a mark against him.
I think the guys like Nizz and Alou, who have a fairly unblemished upward trajectory, and are still developing, would more likely be the choices for chancing by the very experienced Arnie.
 

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The international game is a massive step up, particularly at the sharp end where players are often coming from the top clubs in the world.
For me, most players in the A-league are not performing at that level, because they don't have to against relatively low league opposition. (A-league being, maybe 5th tier on the International scale). There are odd ones who display the talent and character to take the step up, but not many.
For example DDS, who undoubtedly has talent and is playing so much better than last year, is still losing the ball a lot through poor decision making. For international level those mistakes are too frequent. His inability to overcome fitness issues throughout last year, whether due to his physiology, mentality or emotional problems, is going to to be a mark against him.
I think the guys like Nizz and Alou, who have a fairly unblemished upward trajectory, and are still developing, would more likely be the choices for chancing by the very experienced Arnie.
We're playing Kuwait and Nepal next.

If an A-League selection can't beat them then we truly are screwed.
 

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