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The young Aussie has worn the Three Lions at youth level but could be set to commit to a future in green and gold

He may have played for England's Under-21s as recently as June, but Ange Postecoglou has high Australian hopes for Liverpool defender Brad Smith.

Smith, on a season-long loan at Swindon Town, is one of the new faces named by Postecoglou in a 20-man squad for the upcoming friendlies with Belgium and Saudi Arabia in Europe.

The head coach said that after the World Cup in Brazil, he had time to reflect on the previous six to eight months in charge of the national team.

From that analysis, Postecoglou came up with a clear idea of what the national squad needed ahead of the 2015 Asian Cup and beyond.

“What was pretty evident to me was we needed to broaden our base and get some depth in various positions,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.

“The next series of games are really important in trying to get some depth and broaden that base.

“We’ll be pretty bold in the way we select our squads and give some people an opportunity.”

 

One of those given an opportunity is 20-year-old Smith, who is contracted to Liverpool but on loan at the Robins in League One.

Smith made his debut for Swindon this month but has since returned to Liverpool for treatment on a knee injury.

The Sydney-born rising star was forced off with the injury in a League Cup win over Luton but it's expected he'll be fit for the international friendlies in September.

“He made his debut for Liverpool at the back-end of last year and is rated highly.

“He is a player we’ve been monitoring since I’ve been in the job anyway,” said Postecoglou. 

“And he plays in a position where we don’t have a great deal of depth – he plays left back.

“And he’s very committed to playing for Australia. And after having chats with him we were very keen to get him in the green and gold.

“He’s quick and from our perspective, these games are a chance to maybe expose some young players to international football, and hopefully create some depth in areas where we’re light on.”

Click here to watch an exclusive video interview with Ange Postecoglou

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