LUKE DEVERE

BRIS­BANE ROAR

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Roar’s cen­tral defender is a 27-year-old with one cap to his name which he re­ceived more than two years ago. But he shouldn’t be ex­cluded from Soc­ceroos cal­cu­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to Fox Sports pre­sen­ter Adam Pea­cock… if he can get his body right. DeVere re­port­edly came close to a re­call in March be­fore a calf in­jury in­ter­vened. Sadly in­juries have cursed his ca­reer to date. Pea­cock ar­gues: “We know Ange loves him (hav­ing worked with him at Bris­bane). He’s a smart player, phys­i­cal. “He needs to play 90 per cent of the games this sea­son, given the amount he’s missed over the past three years. If he can do that, I reckon he’s in the cal­cu­la­tions.” The ideal per­son­nel for Postecoglou’s con­tro­ver­sial yet pre­ferred back three are far from locked in. Pea­cock adds: “If DeVere’s fit and play­ing reg­u­larly, he can suit the three at the back sys­tem.”

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