Socceroos surprise: Wilkshire out of World Cup squad
It was inevitable that injured Tom Rogic and Josh Kennedy were cut from the final 23 but the surprise came with the removal of veteran Socceroos player Luke Wilkshire, says Michael Lynch from Vitoria, Brazil.PT2M26S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-39i1c 620 349 June 4, 2014
Socceroos great Mark Schwarzer is worried coach Ange Postecoglou's regeneration may prove too hasty at the World Cup after defender Luke Wilkshire joined the cull of experience.
Postecoglou cut Wilkshire when finalising his 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday night, with fellow Socceroos veteran Josh Kennedy also sent packing due to injury, along with youngsters Tom Rogic and Mark Birighitti.
"Eventually he'll be judged on those decisions and the performance of the team": Mark Schwarzer. Photo: Getty Images
Between them, the pair have played almost 130 times for Australia.
"I personally wouldn't have left him (Wilkshire) out - I would've taken him," said Schwarzer, who retired from international football on the eve of Postecoglou's maiden squad announcement last November.
"When you look at it from afar, and knowing what the squad's like and knowing what it's like to play a World Cup and how difficult it can be, I am surprised that he's opted to go with so little experience.
"But obviously he's got his own reasons for doing so.
"He's got ideas of how he wants to play and what type of players he wants to use.
"Eventually he'll be judged on those decisions and the performance of the team."
While the long-time No.1 goalkeeper acknowledged the situation in 2014 was very different to that of Australia's 2010 and 2006 World Cup campaigns, he said the team would have been better off with the likes of Wilkshire, recently retired international Brett Holman and axed skipper Lucas Neill.
"Lucas Neill, to me, is still one of the best defenders we've got," he said.
"I think it would've been invaluable to have those guys in and around the squad in particular - if not playing in the 11, then you'd have them definitely in the squad.
"I know people are talking about change and wanting change, but I think you can also change things too quickly.
"Only time will tell."
Schwarzer said he's excited to be able to watch on as a fan and away from the pressures of being a player, especially with the "daunting" task the squad face in Brazil.
"There's probably going to be a little bit of emotion running through your mind, having obviously been such a big part of it in playing during the qualification," he added.
"But I'm really looking forward to being a fan and watching it from afar."