Ryan praises Postecoglou approach

04 March 2014 22:24:01 GMTPlus11

Goalkeeper Mat Ryan has given his approval to Ange Postecoglou, and hopes the Socceroos coach returns the compliment by picking him for Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador.

Ryan is in a three-way battle to replace the retired Mark Schwarzer as Australia's first-choice keeper ahead of the World Cup.

Schwarzer stepped down last year, after setting a new record of 109 caps for the Socceroos.

The trio hoping to cement their place in the side under Postecoglou have only nine caps between them – Ryan has four, while Liverpool's Brad Jones has three and Mitch Langerak of Borussia Dortmund has two.

In the only game Australia have played under Postecoglou since he took over late last year, the 1-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in Sydney, Ryan was given the nod.

The 21-year-old, who left Central Coast Mariners after helping them with the A-League championship last season, has established himself as the No.1 at Club Brugge in Belgium.

He sees a bright future for Australia under Postecoglou, who was handed the reins after Holger Osieck was sacked following back-to-back 6-0 defeats in Brazil and France.

Ryan said: "There's a different energy about the squad now, with all respect to Holger. Ange likes to play a running game, plenty of movement and it's an all-action style.

"Ange pioneered it during his time with Brisbane and Melbourne Victory and he has brought that way of playing to the Socceroos. It was pretty evident that we needed to make a bit of a change after some of the bad results we had last year."

Ryan, who kept a record 12 clean sheets in his first A-League season with the Mariners, feels his game has come on since he moved to Belgium.

But he is unsure whether he get the chance for just his second start for the Socceroos against Ecuador, as Postecoglou is playing his cards close to his chest.

"That's the way it was in his first game in charge agonist Costa Rica in November and I expect that will be the case again," he said. "Ange likes to keep everybody on their toes – and that's good for the team as a whole."

Australia are 3/1 to beat Ecuador, who are 19/20.

The Socceroos are 17/2 to win 1-0.

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