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Oar hoping for World Cup chance

April 27, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Australian teenager Tommy Oar is hoping his decision to move to Europe will help earn him a call-up to the Socceroos squad for the World Cup finals.

Tommy Oar
GettyImagesTommy Oar didn't enjoy comparisons to Harry Kewell

Oar, 18, starred for the Brisbane Roar in the last A-League season and his form earned him a move to Eredivisie side FC Utrecht. He made his Socceroos debut in an Asian Cup qualifier against Indonesia in February and now hopes his decision to head overseas could sway Australia coach Pim Verbeek to take him to South Africa.

''Pim said before he wants players playing in Europe ... I think Holland was a good move and can only help my cause,'' Oar said. ''If you ask anyone they would obviously think they are ready [to go to the World Cup] and I'm no different.

''But I guess it's not my opinion that matters. There's a lot of competition for places, there's probably 40 or 50 players that could be in the 23-man squad.

''I've been lucky enough to get the opportunity in the first team against Indonesia so I think that shows Pim has faith in young players. I'm not really expecting to go but obviously every kid dreams of going to the World Cup.

''If I was given the opportunity then great but if not, then I suppose it's something for me to work towards.''

Socceroos veteran Craig Moore thinks Oar deserves a seat on the plane to South Africa and believes the teenager should be one of a few youngsters included in the squad to gain international experience.

''He's a great boy, who's got a massive future I believe,'' Moore said. ''I think he's done the best thing in making his move now and I think he'll learn so much more.

''Whether or not he's going to push and sneak into the (World Cup) squad I do not know. I think there'll be certain younger players there for the experience.''