Sport

Holland gives Socceroos coach a selection headache

James Holland of Australia tussles for posession with Koh Myung-Jin of South Korea during the friendly match between Australia and South Korea on November 14, 2012 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
James Holland of Australia tussles for posession with Koh Myung-Jin of South Korea during the friendly match between Australia and South Korea on November 14, 2012 in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

SOCCEROOS midfielder James Holland is hoping he and a number of other fringe players have given coach Holger Osieck a selection headache ahead of next year's crucial World Cup qualifiers.

Holland, who now plays his club football for Austria Wien, was impressive in midfield as Osieck experimented with youth in the 2-1 come-from-behind win against South Korea in Hwaseong.

Nikita Rukavytsya and Robert Cornthwaite scored their first international goals following Lee Dong-Gook's 12th minute opener after the Socceroos had been dominated early by their Asian rivals.

Exciting youngsters Tom Rogic, Aziz Behich, Eli Babalj and Mathew Leckie were all handed debuts off the bench and Holland says that has to be good for the future.

"I think all the boys took their opportunity," he said. "It's a credit to them that they all did so well.

"I think we've definitely given Holger a headache for the big games to come."

Australia's next World Cup qualifier is against Oman at home on March 26.

Topics:  football, holger osieck, soccer, socceroos




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Did Federal Budget forget about Queensland?

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says we've been forgotten.

Queensland short-changed by at least $1 billion in federal budget

Morrison slates $200m for Ipswich Motorway upgrade

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale is urging the Federal Government to complete the Ipswich Motorway upgrade between Darra and Rocklea. Looking east to Oxley from Harcourt Road, Darra. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

Treasurer commits $200m to upgrade Darra to Rocklea motorway stretch

Budget 2016: Upper-middle Aussie will get the rewards

Smokers will be hit with hefty increases in taxes over the next four years.

Small businesses and big earners to get tax cuts

Latest deals and offers

ACF take Minister to Court

ACF chief executive Kelly O'Shanassy

The Australian Conservation Foundation go to court to stop Carmichael mine.

Dash Cam: Roo takes on car

Kangaroo leaps car.

Kangaroo could have kept going, jumps car instead.

Man allegedly reaches 182kmh

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other serious offences after allegedly reaching speeds of 182kmh on the Ipswich Motorway.

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances