Aloisi Named In Starting Line-up For Nz Clash
Qantas Socceroo coach Frank Farina has named his starting eleven for tomorrow nights crucial World Cup qualifying tie with New Zealand, with John Aloisi coming into the side at the expense of David Zdrilic.
Qantas Socceroo coach Frank Farina has named his starting eleven for tomorrow nights crucial World Cup qualifying tie with New Zealand, making just the one change to the line up that lost 1-0 to Turkey in Melbourne on Monday night. Atletico Osasuna striker John Aloisi (pictured right) replaces David Zdrilic up front and with Mark Schwarzer still injured, Perugia custodian Zeljko Kalac remains the Socceroos linchpin in goals. On a sour note, Adelaide local Paul Agostino has been ruled out of the tournament after failing to shake off a hamstring strain that had him sidelined for the latter stages of 1860 Munich-s Bundesliga campaign. As a result, Farina has called up Qantas Under 23's Alex Brosque and David Tarka to fill the void left by the tall marksmen, while Middlesbrough understudy Brad Jones also earns a call up, providing cover for Kalac off the bench. Qantas Socceroo Starting Lineup: Zeljko Kalac (gk), Simon Colosimo, Steve Laybutt, Tony Vidmar, Stan Lazaridis, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Josip Skoko, Marco Bresciano, Max Vieri, John Aloisi The Socceroos are not the only team in Adelaide with injury worries, with All Whites coach Mick Waitt delaying the naming of his provisional 16 until tomorrow morning. Although, in accordance with speculation, Waitt admitted his side will be without captain Ryan Nelsen for tomorrows clash. “He (Nelsen) won-t be available for tomorrow-s game,” said a disappointed Waitt from today-s media conference. “We-re erring on the side of caution so to have him available for games later in the tournament, looking at the bigger picture.” The All Whites are going through somewhat of a baron spell, having not won a match in eight outings since July 2002, where the Kiwis accounted for an under strength Socceroos side 1-0 in Auckland. Although a win at Hindmarsh Stadium seems unlikely for Waitt-s men, the All Whites coach was looking forward to the game.
“It-s going to be difficult, we-re under no illusions,” said the Kiwi coach. “But as I-ve said all along, this sport lends itself to upsets. “We-re going in with high expectations but under no illusions, it-s going to be very difficult. “I saw the Australians play Turkey on Monday in Melbourne and when you look at the players they-ve not got available, it was a very impressive performance.” Are there any players for the Kiwis to watch in particular? “Yeah, all eleven of them!” quipped Waitt when quizzed on where his oppositions dangers lie. “I think Bresciano and Emerton, particularly in the first half, were causing the Turks all sorts of problems, but the Australians are strong all around the park, not just in certain positions.”