Swindon Midfielder Luongo named in Preliminary Australia Squad

Massimo Luongo of Swindon Town has been included in Ange Postecoglou’s 30 man Australia squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Former Tottenham midfielder Luongo, 21, will he hoping to make the final 23 when that gets officially confirmed by 2 June.

Luongo has made just one cap for the Socceroos, a late substitute appearance in Australia’s 3-4 defeat to Ecuador at the New Den, Millwall in March this year.

He was eligible for three different nations, his native Australia, Italy, the country of his father’s birth or Indonesia, the country of his mother’s birth.

The Sydney born star has made 44 league appearances for the Robins this season, contributing six goals and two assists in the process as Swindon finished two places outside the League 1 play off spots.

Swindon snappped up Luongo for £400,000 last Summer following a brief loan spell towards the send of the 2012/13 season where he scored two goals in seven games.

Australia’s latest International also played nine games for Ipswich Town in the Championship in 2012.

If Luongo is confirmed in Australia’s final 23 man party, he will be the third player to represent Swindon at a World Cup. Alan McLoughlin for Ireland in 1990 and Jan Aage Fjortoft for Norway in 1994 are the other two.


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