Rogic is ready for Socceroos - Arnold
Yairo Yau of Sydney competes with Tomas Rogic of the Mariners. Photo: Getty Images
Canberra product Tom Rogic's ''scary'' talent will be hard to ignore when Holger Osieck selects his Socceroos squad to face South Korea next week, says Central Coast coach Graham Arnold.
Rogic, 19, was brilliant as the Mariners humiliated NSW rivals Sydney FC 7-2 in Gosford on Saturday night, netting two goals and creating danger almost every time he touched the ball.
Australia coach Osieck watched from the stands and would surely have been impressed amid growing calls for the youngster to be given a shot in the national side.
The German coach is expected to use the November 14 friendly in Hwaseong to experiment with his squad before East Asian Cup qualifiers next month, when a squad predominantly made up of A-League and Asian-based players will be used.
It means Rogic could soon get his chance and former Socceroos coach Arnold believes it's a no-brainer if Osieck is looking for fresh playmaking talent.
''I don't think Holger's got a tough job to pick if he's going to play with a No.10 because he [Rogic] is the only Australian No.10 in the whole league. Everyone else has foreigners,'' Arnold said.
''You could see it in his face when he walked into the dressing room [before Saturday]. It was like 'here we go, this is what I want to play for'. The kid's still a player in nappies when it comes to outdoor football but his natural talent is scary.''
Arnold was also full of praise for veteran striker Daniel McBreen, who remarkably became the first player in eight seasons to score a hat-trick for the club.
The coach revealed a lighter training program was working wonders for the 35-year-old.
''He's such a hard worker that even at training, he gives 110 per cent,'' Arnold said.
''Probably he's been guilty himself of working that hard at training that when Saturday comes, he's a little bit down.
''We've lightened the training loads up enormously to keep his feet fresh and his mind fresh. I think you can see he's getting the rewards from it.''
Meanwhile, Sydney FC resume training on Monday and goalkeeper Ivan Necevski said the side would need a ''good look at ourselves''.
''It was shambolic … To be honest it's a little bit embarrassing to have it happen to us,'' Necevski said on Sunday.
''Sydney's set a very high standard and we've been the team that's prided ourselves on very good performances and results since the inception of the A-League. We have to sit down and work out what went wrong and make a big improvement against the Victory.''
Sydney coach Ian Crook said star signing Alessandro Del Piero would be fit to return after he was left out against the Mariners due to tightness in both hamstrings.
A ray of light for Crook in the loss was a lively performance from Panamanian striker Yairo Yau, who could retain his place against the Victory at the expense of an out-of-form Kruno Lovrek. AAP