Mat Ryan a key player for Australia – Schwarzer

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first_imgFormer Australia international Mark Schwarzer believes that Mat Ryan will be a key player for the national side ahead of the World CupThe 26-year-old was an ever-present figure in goal for the newly promoted Brighton in last season’s Premier League as they secured a 15th place finish and crucially outside of the relegation zone.Under new coach Bert Van Marwijk, Ryan has become the undisputed number one for Australia and will be expected to line-up in goal once more for the Socceroos in their Group C opener against France.Schwarzer, who made 109 appearances in goal for Australia in 20 years and played in two World Cups, believes that Ryan and two other midfielders will play a key role for the national side.“First and foremost, Aaron Mooy is a big player for us,” Schwarzer told FourFourTwo.“It’s vital he is fit, and that he is recharged after a long hard season. Mile Jedinak is still a big player for us I think he is massive and whoever plays in goals which will be Maty Ryan.“He’s had a very good season the Premier League as has Brad Jones in Holland so those guys are going to play a vital part in the performance of the team, they always do, the spine of the side is always a key.”Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…Ryan fended off competition from Brighton’s new signing Netherlands international Tim Krul to hold on to his spot as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, which Schwarzer praised him for.“The first five games in the English Premier league were really tough for him,” he said.“They were a steep learning curve as early on it didn’t really go to plan.“He’ll be the first to admit that he conceded goals where he should’ve done better and that some of them he should’ve saved.“But in the sixth game of the season where Brighton played Newcastle and there was a lot of talk of Matt not playing that game and being dropped, he ended up starting and played really well.“From that moment on he’s kicked on and he’s gotten better and better and he’s grown in confidence as the season went on.”Australia will also face Denmark and Peru in Group C of the World Cup.last_img

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