After this mornings Socceroos squad selection, it is clear to see why coach Ange Postecoglou is the only man for the job.
His philosophy to build Australian football from the ground up is a testament to the success of so many young Australian footballers.
Postecoglou has given Aspostolos Giannou (Guanghzhou R&F), Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory) and Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg) a chance to earn their first cap for the Socceroos.
Once upon a time, players knew that if they weren’t playing football overseas, the likely-hood of get a look in at national selection was slim. Ange’s reign as coach has changed that mentality, and has spurred on our home grown players to play beyond their expected capabilities.
Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy is a prime example of this. He has transformed from an irregular starter at Western Sydney Wanderers to being named as the A-League’s most valuable player by Postecoglou.