Australia calls up Rogic for friendly

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Australia calls up Rogic for friendly

SYDNEY - Promising young midfielder Tom Rogic was one of five uncapped players named in Australia’s squad on Wednesday for next week’s friendly against Korea.

Rogic, 19, scored twice in an outstanding display for the Central Coast Mariners when they beat a Sydney FC side, albeit without the injured Alessandro del Piero, 7-2 in the A-League last weekend.

The teenager’s reward was a place in a squad for next Wednesday’s friendly in Hwaseong, which forms part of coach Holger Osieck’s preparations for the second phase of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

Osieck warned that not too much expectation should be placed on his shoulders but was clearly excited by Rogic’s potential.

“Technically he is very sound but he has that element of creativity, he does the unexpected, which can decide a game and can give a certain flavor to a game,” the German told a news conference.

Reuters

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