AUSTRALIA has named a 23-man team for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the New Zealanders.
The squad includes former Australia coach John Hewson and former coach of the same name, Geoff Crowe.
Australia’s next game is against the Republic of Ireland in Sydney on Sunday.
It is the second of three Group A matches against the former World Cup champions.
Crowe, who was a coach of both the Australia and New Zealand national teams, was the assistant coach of that side from 2006 to 2008.
Croco, who also coached the Australia side from 2007 to 2008, was sacked by the New Zealand outfit after the 2010 World Cup.
“John Hewson is a great coach,” Hewson told AAP.
“I know what he’s about and how he wants to play and how we need to play.
I’m delighted to be part of this team and I’m really looking forward to the next round of the World Cup.”
Crowe also worked as the assistant to Australia’s national coach John Powell and coach of Australia’s first team from 2012 until the 2014 World Cup, while Hewson worked for the Kiwis from 2002 until 2011.
“It’s been a great experience for me to work with Geoff Crowson and John Hewsons coaching style, and we have some good players with that,” Crowe said.
“And there’s a lot of experience there in the squad.”
There’s a really good mix of experience in the team, with some of the players from the past playing with him and some players who are going to be coming into the squad.
“The team will also include former Australia captain Tim Cahill and former Melbourne City coach Adrian Hanley.
Hanley, who played for the Australian team at the 2010 and 2013 World Cups, is the captain.
He said he had a lot to learn in terms of coaching.”
But I’ve learned a lot in terms, ‘you can’t teach everyone everything’. “
So it was a lot different from playing in Australia and it was more of a learning curve.”
But I’ve learned a lot in terms, ‘you can’t teach everyone everything’.
You have to look at the individual, and the individual’s individual and their individual’s individually.
It’s really just about what you do in terms to make the right decisions, making the right calls, making sure that they get the right result and that they’ve got the right amount of energy in the right place.
“Hewson said the players had a big role to play in Australia’s bid for glory.”
You’ve got to be confident that when you go out there and you’re not scared to be the first one on the field, you’ve got a lot more to offer,” Hewsson said.
Crowell said he enjoyed working with Hanley and Cahill, but he also had a strong admiration for former Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.”
We’re going to get our chance,” Croco said.