Hol­man in the mix for Roos

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MARCO MONTEVERDE @mar­cothe­journo

BRIS­BANE Roar star Brett Hol­man says talk of him com­ing out of in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment is pre­ma­ture be­cause he’s yet to be ap­proached to again play for the Soc­ceroos.

Hol­man has been a reve­la­tion for the Roar since re­turn­ing from a calf in­jury last month.

The 33-year-old at­tack­ing weapon has scored in three of Bris­bane’s past four A-League matches – in­clud­ing the Roar’s 2-1 win over Mel­bourne Vic­tory on Fri­day night – as the Queenslanders make an un­likely charge for a top-six spot.

Hol­man’s hot form has co­in­cided with the ap­point­ment of Dutch­man Bert van Mar­wijk as Soc­ceroos coach.

In 2002, dur­ing his first spell as coach of Dutch club Feyeno­ord, van Mar­wijk signed Hol­man.

It has led to spec­u­la­tion that van Mar­wijk is in­ter­ested in en­tic­ing Hol­man out of Soc­ceroos re­tire­ment for this year’s World Cup in Rus­sia.

Hol­man, who made 63 ap­pear­ances for Aus­tralia and scored twice at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball in April 2014.

He said the Soc­ceroos were “in good hands” with van Mar­wijk, adding he was yet to hear from the former Saudi Ara­bia boss about a po­ten­tial re­turn to na­tional team duty.

“I re­tired for a rea­son and un­til to­day I’ve had no re­grets,” Hol­man said. “We’re all jump­ing ahead of our­selves I think for now.

“Who he (van Mar­wijk) picks is up to him, and then it comes down to when he’s go­ing to make those de­ci­sions.

“At this mo­ment it’s not a choice for me to make.

“I’m happy to be out there and play­ing good footy. To me that’s key. Let’s worry about Bris­bane first and fore­most.

“I’m happy be­cause we’re start­ing to get back to where we should be, and for me that’s the bot­tom line.”

Fri­day night’s win has the Roar back in the top six at least un­til sev­enth-placed West­ern Syd­ney Wan­der­ers host Welling­ton Phoenix tonight.

“It’s pretty much do-or-die,” Hol­man said about the Roar’s seven re­main­ing reg­u­lar-sea­son matches.

“If we re­ally want to have some­thing to play for still, then it has to come to­gether now, oth­er­wise we throw away the sea­son when we’ve still got a great chance.”

NO RE­GRETS: Brett Hol­man.

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