Alex Wilkinson not expecting Socceroos selection for Iraq and UAE

Alex Wilkinson not expecting Socceroos selection for Iraq and UAE


Sydney FC defender Alex Wilkinson says he is not expecting to be called up to the latest Socceroos squad despite his eye-catching form with the Sky Blues.

Ange Postecoglou is due to name his extended 30-man squad for the forthcoming international window, in which the Socceroos will play Iraq in Tehran and UAE in Sydney.

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Wilkinson has been touted for a return to the national team fold, part of a defence that has conceded an incredible 11 goals in 22 games this season.

But the 32-year-old centre-half is still not expecting to be rewarded with potential 17th and 18th caps.

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Speaking exclusively on Tuesday’s Daily Football Show, Wilkinson said his focus rests with solidifying Sydney’s charge towards the premiership and championship.

“No, definitely not expecting (to be selected),” Wilkinson said.

“Obviously I’ve been lucky enough to be involved over the past few years.

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“For me, being involved in the national team’s been the biggest highlight of my career to date and it’s a wonderful experience playing for your country.

“But you definitely don’t expect anything.

“I’m more concentrated on my form week in, week out with Sydney.

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“If the boss thinks that’s warranted a callup then so be it, but if not, then you put your head down and you keep working hard and concentrating on your job with Sydney.”

The Socceroos face Iraq on 23 March before hosting UAE on 28 March.

LISTEN to the FULL chat with Alex Wilkinson on Tuesday’s Daily Football Show.