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James Meredith not sweating over looming Socceroos omission

4:50 AM IST 25/08/18
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The Australian left-back won't be taking part in Graham Arnold's first training camp in September

Despite being told he won't be included in the Socceroos first training camp under Graham Arnold, James Meredith still believes he's the best Australian left-back.

Arnold is set to take a youthful 30-man squad to Turkey in September ahead of friendlies in November and the Asian Cup in January.

The new Socceroos coach personally rang Meredith to tell him he won't be invited to the camp but the 30-year-old defender isn't worried about his exclusion.

“I still think I’m the best left-back in Australia,” Meredith told NewsAtDen.

“Australia have got a new manager now and I was actually talking to him on the phone.

“I’m not in the next camp which is in September. He’s going with some younger lads.

“He called up and was honest with me and explained his thoughts and how he wanted to move forward.  I really respected that phone call and I like him as a manager, so hopefully I’ll be part of another camp with him and get to show him what I can do.”

Meredith was part of the Socceroos World Cup squad under Bert van Marwijk but had to settle for a spot on the bench in Russia with Aziz Behich preferred in his position.

The Millwall defender has started all four of his club's Championship games to date with his side currently sitting 14th.