Fringe Players Given Chance To Shine
Qantas Socceroo coach Frank Farina has decided to give a number of his fringe squad players the chance to make an impression in tonight’s international against Indonesia at Subiaco Oval in Perth.
Qantas Socceroo coach Frank Farina has decided to give a number of his fringe squad players the chance to make an impression in tonight-s international against Indonesia at Subiaco Oval in Perth.
Former Perth Glory defender Ljubo Milicevic will make his international debut, when he partners captain Craig Moore in the centre of defence, while Perth-native Stan Lazaridis will also start.
Moore, Lazaridis and Brett Emerton are the only players from Saturday-s starting line-up against Iraq to make the starting side against Indonesia.
The starting eleven is: Zeljko Kalac (gk); Stan Lazaridis, Craig Moore (c), Ljubo Milicevic, Tony Vidmar, Jon McKain, Luke Wilkshire, Jason Culina, Mile Sterjovski, Ante Milicic, Brett Emerton.
Jason Culina (pictured above) gets another chance to impress after making his debut against South Africa, while Athens Olympians Jon McKain and Luke Wilkshire will make up a very young but equally enthusiastic midfield combination.
Newcastle United Jets striker Ante Milicic is the only Hyundai A-League player to get a start.
As part of the benefit match, which will raise funds for the Tsunami Relief Fund efforts, the players will donate their match fees and match bonuses to the fundraising efforts. Tonight's match kicks off at 7.00pm (Perth time) (9.00pm AEST) and can be seen live on SBS. There will be a full live update on the FFA site.