Degenek retained to cover Spiranovic absence

Defender Milos Degenek has been given a further chance to impress Australia coach Ange Postecoglou after being added to the squad to take on Greece in the two-match home series.

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Degenek, who plays his club football in Germany for TSV 1860 Munich, impressed on debut off the bench in the weekend's 2-1 loss to England in Sunderland and his dangerous cross was turned into the net by the home side's defender Eric Dier for the Socceroos' goal.

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The 22-year-old Degenek replaces the injured Matthew Spiranovic in the squad for the internatuionals with Greece in Sydney on Saturday and in Melbourne on Tuesday 7 June.



The Socceroos squad undergoes a number of other changes with Tim Cahill, Trent Sainsbury, Mathew Leckie, Nathan Burns, Apostolos Giannou, Ryan McGowan, Jason Geria and Alex Gersbach coming back in.

"It's a shame that Matthew (Spiranovic) is unable to join us but I thought Milos did well against England and during training leading into the game," Postecoglou said.

"He was presented with an opportunity and took it so we'll expose him to another 10 days in our environment and the two matches."

Postecoglou was looking forward to the Greece games after a strong performance against world No.10 England, who were in the final stages of preparing for the 2016 European Championship.



"Our performance against England was further proof that we are capable of matching it with the best teams in the world, both individually and collectively, and now we will push ahead and look forward to playing another high level European team, this time in front of our own fans in Sydney and Melbourne," he said.

"As a team we are looking to continually evolve and improve but what is encouraging for me is that we are doing it by playing our brand of football, which is exciting for our fans to watch.

"Greece will be tough but we will play our game, take the match to them and hopefully give our fans a performance that gets them off their seats when we go forward.

"We did that in the first round of World Cup qualifiers around Australia and I'm sure a similar performance will see the Sydney fans create a tremendous atmosphere and occasion."


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Published 30 May 2016 at 9:18am