Smith joins Luongo in Socceroos reckoning
LOAN ace Brad Smith has joined Swindon Town teammate Massimo Luongo in being called up for Australia's squad for games with Belgium and Saudi Arabia next month.
Liverpool defender Smith, who is on a season-long loan at the County Ground, has played for England U21s but has been named in a 20-man squad by Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou.
Sydney-born Smith briefly returned to Liverpool after suffering an injury in Town's Capital One Cup win at Luton, but was back for Town in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Gillingham.
“He made his debut for Liverpool at the back-end of last year and is rated highly,'' said Postecoglou.
“He is a player we’ve been monitoring since I’ve been in the job anyway. 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.”
Luongo, who was included in Australia's squad for the recent World Cup in Brazil, has also retained his place.
Australia play Belgium in Liege on September 4 and Saudi Arabia at Fulham's Craven Cottage on September 8.
The call-ups mean that if any further Town players receive international call-ups for the same period, Swindon would be able to postpone games during that period.
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