Schwarzer predicts new style for Socceroos

March 25, 2013
By Angela Habashy

Veteran Mark Schwarzer predicts the Socceroos side of the future will play a drastically different brand of football as more players opt for non-European clubs.

With only seven players who were in the 2010 World Cup squad named in 23-man squad to play Oman in Australia's World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, it's already a new-look Socceroos.

But while the side goes through a period of transition, Schwarzer feels the emergence of leagues outside Europe as an option for Socceroos aspirants will shape the playing style of the future team.

Whereas the big leagues in Europe have long been the ambition of most players, of the 23 in the current squad more than half ply their trade in the Middle East, Asia and our own A-League.

The likes of Matt McKay and Ryan McGowan both play in the Chinese Super League while former Perth Glory defender Dino Djulbic left Chinese club Guizhou Renhe to join Alex Brosque in the UAE.

Socceroos tyro Tomas Rogic's rapid rise earned him a contract with Scottish giants Celtic but his former Central Coast teammate Mathew Ryan continues to prove himself domestically.

Ryan is among six A-League players to receive a call up.

"It's become a different path for a lot of players to take," Schwarzer said.

"I think the team in the future is probably going to take on a different direction in the way it plays.

"It will have different traits from different countries around the world."

But while Schwarzer is certain the future Socceroos side won't play the same way he's unsure if they'll be as good.

"That's the big question. Only time will tell," the 40-year-old Fulham goalkeeper said.

"You could argue whether or not playing in Europe is better for development than playing in Asia or playing in other parts of the world but only time will tell."