Holman in the mix for Roos
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.