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Meredith loving smooth 'Roos style

  • Meredith loving smooth 'Roos style

From the rough and tumble of League One, newly-capped Socceroo James Meredith says he is loving the national team's free-flowing style.

Meredith, 27, plays his club football for Bradford City in England's third tier, a gritty competition where long balls are still in vogue and playing out from the back almost borders on sacrilege.

It's a far cry from the kind of slick, attacking play Meredith found himself immersed in during his impressive Socceroos debut last week, the 3-0 World Cup qualifier win over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.

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"It seemed like a different sort of style of football to what I'm used to in England," Meredith said from Singapore, where the Australian side is in camp ahead of Tuesday's match against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

"The Socceroos play such good football and I'm surrounded by such good players, it made things a lot easier.

"I was just enjoying the experience, I loved being out there, I couldn't wait to get on the ball and try and go forward and show people what I'm about."

Having had his first taste, Meredith wants more, and is hopeful of retaining his place in coach Ange Postecoglou's team and keeping Jason Davidson on the sidelines.

Left-back has been a problem position for the Socceroos for years, but Meredith's emergence means Postecoglou now has an array of options at his fingertips.

Davidson, who didn't face Kyrgyzstan due to a minor calf issue, is thought to be first choice, but he'll now have the likes of Meredith and Aziz Behich keeping him honest and Sydney FC young gun Alex Gersbach perhaps waiting in the wings.

Meredith said he wants to become a permanent fixture of the national side.

"I've always been really hungry to try and get in the team and play regularly," he said.

"That's a goal of mine, that's an aim of mine, I'm just going to continue to work hard and do the best I can to try and achieve that."

The Socceroos will travel to Dhaka on Monday and are eyeing a smash-and-grab victory in the Bangladeshi capital, where the team will be followed by a heavy security detail due to the threat of possible terrorist attacks, before leaving the country soon after full-time.

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