Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic has been called up for the Socceroos' World Cup Qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan after Mat Ryan was ruled out through injury.
Socceroos’ head-coach, Ange Postecoglou, spoke of his disappointment to be losing Ryan for the crucial matches, but hailed Galekovic as a perfect replacement.
“It’s a blow for Matt to miss these games but he picked up a knock in Spain overnight and with the travel distance and the lateness of his club game we have decided to bring in Eugene Galekovic,” Postecoglou said.
“Eugene is a more than capable replacement and he will join us in Perth and we will move ahead without Mat.”
Speaking to adelaideunited.com.au, Galekovic told of his honour in being given the chance to represent Australia again and said it will give him a great opportunity to prepare ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season.
“It’s an honour every time you get called up to the national squad.
“You have to grab it with both hands and try and make the most of it and I’ll do my best to help the squad in the upcoming qualifiers.
“The standard is high (in the camp) and every time you go you become a better player.
“When you’re there you take a lot from being around the group and it’ll definitely prepare me well for the upcoming A-League season.”
Socceroo Match Details
Australia v Bangladesh
3 September 2015
nib Stadium, Perth
7pm (AWT) kick off (9pm AEST)
Tajikistan v Australia
8 September 2015
Republican Central Stadium, Dushanbe
6pm kick off (10pm AEST)
TICKET INFORMATION (Australia v Bangladesh)
Tickets can be purchased for the match at www.socceroos.com.au/tickets
Ticket Prices – General Public
Category A - $120 all tickets
Category B - $80 Adult, $60 Concession, $40 Child, $199 Family
Category C - $55 Adult, $40 Concession, $30 Child, $140 Family
The Shed - $55 Adult, $40 Concession
Active Area- $65 Adult, $50 Concession
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