Consistency and game time is key for Adelaide United skipper Craig Goodwin ahead of World Cup in Qatar – with Socceroos boss Graham Arnold set to name final squad of 26 in one week
Socceroos defender Craig Goodwin is placing his World Cup dreams in the hands of Adelaide United as he attempts to prove he is ready for Qatar.
Goodwin played through osteitis pubis during the Socceroos’ successful World Cup qualifying campaign, with the injury heavily affecting his pre-season for the current A-League campaign.
The 30-year-old came off the bench for Adelaide’s first two games, but made it through 90 minutes in last week’s 2-2 draw with Sydney FC.
Goodwin is set for another starting role in Sunday’s home clash with Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide coach Carl Veart has vowed to prioritise Goodwin’s World Cup hopes.
For Goodwin, his ticket to Qatar will be earnt by making the Reds his No.1 priority.
Craig Goodwin (pictured left) is placing his World Cup dreams in the hands of Adelaide United as he attempts to prove he is ready for Qatar
Goodwin played through osteitis pubis during the Socceroos’ successful World Cup qualifying campaign (pictured, in action against Jordan)
‘I think the best thing for me and my chances with the national team is doing well with Adelaide United,’ Goodwin said.
‘If my performances aren’t good with Adelaide or I’m not in a good place, then I’m not going to get picked.
‘It does fill me with a lot of confidence, the coach (Veart) doing what he can to help me.
‘He’s putting me in the position to help the team. And that’s the most important thing for me – to help Adelaide United win games.’
Sunday’s match will mark Glory’s first appearance since cutting ties with star striker Bruno Fornaroli.
An ugly stoush loomed after Fornaroli effectively accused the club of being loose with the truth for posting on social media he didn’t play in last week’s 2-1 win over Central Coast due to injury.
Coach Graham Arnold is set to name his final 26-man squad for the World Cup on November 8
The incident overshadowed Glory’s first win of the season, and the club confirmed on Friday that Fornaroli had been released from his contract.
Fornaroli has already been linked with a move to Melbourne Victory under Tony Popovic.
Adelaide have started the season with two draws and a loss, but Glory coach Ruben Zadkovich is expecting a huge fight.
‘I think they’ve had an unlucky start to the season,’ Zadkovich said.
‘They’ve had a couple of games with red cards and some different scenarios. They’ve also been away from home.
‘One thing we know about Adelaide at home…they are a different beast.
‘They are an attacking team with some high quality players, the likes of Craig Goodwin, Ben Halloran and Hiroshi Ibusuki. ‘There’s some top-shelf players there.’
Ibusuki’s 40th minute red card against Sydney last week was rescinded on appeal.