Consistency and playing time are key for Adelaide United skipper Craig Goodwin ahead of the World Cup in Qatar – with Socceroos boss Graham Arnold set to name the final roster of 26 within a week
Socceroos defender Craig Goodwin puts his World Cup dreams in the hands of Adelaide United as he tries to prove he is ready for Qatar.
Goodwin played through osteitis pubis during Socceroos’ successful World Cup qualifier 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 to 90 minutes in last week’s 2-2 draw with Sydney FC.
Goodwin is set for a new starting role in Sunday’s home game with Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium.
Adelaide coach Carl Veart has vowed to prioritize Goodwin’s World Cup hopes.
For Goodwin, his ticket to Qatar will be earned by making the Reds his number 1 priority.
Craig Goodwin (pictured left) puts his World Cup dreams in the hands of Adelaide United as he tries to prove he is ready for Qatar
Goodwin played through osteitis pubis during Socceroos’ successful World Cup qualifier campaign (pictured, in action against Jordan)
“I think the best thing for me and my chances in the national team is going to be good at Adelaide United,” said Goodwin.
“If my performance at Adelaide is not good or if I am not in a good place, I will not be chosen.
“It gives me a lot of confidence, the coach (Veart) is doing what he can to help me.
“He puts me in a position to help the team. And that’s the most important thing for me – helping Adelaide United to win games.”
Sunday’s game marks Glory’s first appearance since severing ties with star striker Bruno Fornaroli.
A bad mood loomed after Fornaroli effectively accused the club of letting go of the truth for posting on social media that he didn’t play in last week’s 2-1 win over Central Coast due to injury.
Coach Graham Arnold will designate 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 transfer to Melbourne Victory under Tony Popovic.
Adelaide has started the season with two draws and a loss, but Glory coach Ruben Zadkovich expects a huge fight.
“I think they’ve had an unfortunate start to the season,” Zadkovich said.
“They played a few games with red cards and different scenarios. They have also been away from home.
“One thing we know about Adelaide at home… they’re a different beast.
“It’s an attacking team with quality players like Craig Goodwin, Ben Halloran and Hiroshi Ibusuki. “There are some top players there.”
Ibusuki’s 40th minute red card against Sydney last week was withdrawn on appeal.