Simon Colosimo: World Cup, not Asian Cup, Australia's priority

PFA president and 26-cap Australia international Simon Colosimo addresses the demands for change to the Socceroos' set up as they prepare to take on Didier Deschamps' team

Throughout the 2013-14 season, Simon Colosimo will provide Goal Australia readers with exclusive insight into life as a professional footballer in India, his role as president of Professional Footballers Australia and key issues affecting Aussie players at home and abroad.

In the wake of the Socceroos' 6-0 defeat to Brazil, and with another daunting test against France looming, Colosimo weighs in on the calls for radical change to the make-up of Australia's squad.

I won't read too much into what the media are saying in terms of young versus old or this versus that.

I know that we speak a lot about the future, 2015, the Asian Cup and so on. But at the end of the day, in my opinion, you don't go into a World Cup to prepare for an Asian Cup. I just don't see the logic in that. Ultimately, you go to the World Cup with your best team. Whether it's a 17-year-old who's scoring goals or saving goals, or a 35, 36-year-old who's doing it.

I read a lot of Italian press and they're talking of Totti maybe being in their World Cup squad again. He's 36. I don't think they see age as a concern. It's about who's playing, who's playing well at their club. How can you all of a sudden leave someone out like Tim Cahill, Josh Kennedy or Mark Bresciano, who's delivered for the Socceroos every time he's played.

If we're going to judge boys based on that one game against Brazil, then we'd probably change 25 players. That's just one of those days. It's not the first time we've taken a beating from Brazil.

I don't think one result should do it. At the end of the day they delivered in those last qualifiers.

I don't think I'd look at new and old. I'd look at who's been delivering for me, who I think can deliver in the future.

What I see as positive is seeing some new faces in the camp, definitely. Not so much who plays, who doesn't play, but being in and around the camp, the professionalism, what it means to play for your country, to represent Australia.

And these guys do a good job. Everyone can play a few bad passes or miss a couple of chances or have a bad day.

I think we've got good players, we're going through transition.

As soon as the World Cup's over, we get the best possible team together to deliver for the Asian Cup in Australia. But to try and use the World Cup as preparation for the Asian Cup, I think we're going about it backwards, to be honest.

Some supporters and observers have called for Holger Osieck to be dismissed and a caretaker appointed to guide the team to Brazil, but Colosimo is wary of taking such drastic action

Where do you go? Is it the old 'paper over the cracks'? Is it a long-term appointment? I think we've got three guys in waiting. There's no doubt about that. Ange, Popa and Arnie. Why would you want to give them the baptism of fire? Holger knows his players. When he needed his boys to deliver, they've delivered. On every occasion.

He's here until the World Cup. What will a change do? It'll shake it up a little. But I think if we were to replace Holger, it could only be a short-term appointment anyway, couldn't it? And why should we give whoever the coach is an out for this World Cup and say, 'it's the Asian Cup we're preparing for.'

But this is the world stage, this is the World Cup, this is the biggest sporting event in the world. It comes around four years at a time, it's the pinnacle for any player, coach, country, supporter. Why we would let that be second-rate is just beyond me. I think it's quite arrogant of Australians to even consider that. I think the Asian Cup, although it's on home soil, and we need to put on a good show, it's a pittance compared to the World Cup.

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