Meredith Named in Australian Squad
James Meredith has received his first ever call up to the Australian national side after being selected for their latest FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier. Meredith was confirmed this morning in Australia’s squad for their forthcoming qualifier in Jordan on the 8th October 2015.
The Bradford City left-back has had a string of impressive performances in Sky Bet League One this season and scored his first goal of the campaign last Sunday in the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United.
Meredith will now miss the club’s JPT tie with Barnsley on the 6th October 2015 and the league fixture with Blackpool on the 10th October as a result of his international call up.
Speaking about Meredith’s call up the Australia boss Ange Postecoglou said, “When I first got the job we cast the net pretty far and wide and he’s one that came across my path fairly early.
We’ve been following him ever since, he plays as a left full-back and I still think the full back positions is an area where we don’t have enough strength in depth. I wouldn’t have brought him in if I didn’t think I could throw him in if the opportunity arose.
What we do is bring players into the environment and see how they fit in, it’s unlikely I’ll throw him in straight away but it’s happened in the past. The good thing is he’s playing for Bradford City, he’s fit and he’s playing well, so it gives us an option.”
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson said, “I’m absolutely delighted for James, he really deserves it. There is no better accolade than being called up for your country.
James trains so hard every day and he has been playing well to merit this call up. He’s got his chance now in a high-profile game, a World Cup qualifier, and I’m so pleased for him.”