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Profile: Who is new Socceroo Massimo Luongo?

Goal Australia brings you up to date with one of the new faces in the national team set-up, selected to face Ecuador in London

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By Michael Huguenin

While Luongo's appearance in the squad may seem like a bolt from the blue, the 21-year-old midfielder has been working towards this day for a long time.

Luongo has already played 40 matches in all competitions for League One outfit Swindon Town this season, scoring six goals and providing three assists to help the Robins to eighth in England's third tier.

He joined Tottenham's youth ranks in 2011, after starting his career with APIA Leichhardt Tigers in Sydney.

Despite earning impressive reviews from the managers at White Hart Lane throughout his two-and-a-half years with Tottenham, Luongo only managed one senior appearance in the League Cup in 2011.

The son of an Italian father and Indonesian mother, Luongo first moved to Swindon Town on loan in March last year and did enough in his nine appearances to earn a three-year contract at the start of this season.

While this will be his first official appearance in a Socceroos squad, Luongo has been picked for Australia before, playing two friendlies for the Under 20s side, while he has also been involved in previous training camps with the senior team.

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