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

Holland gives Socceroos coach a selection headache

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.


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