DeVere eyes Socceroos recall

09 September 2017 19:23:48 GMTPlus11

Luke DeVere hopes to win his place back in the Australia squad with good A-League form for Brisbane Roar.

He's only so far earned a single cap for the Socceroos, but looked to be on the verge of a recall earlier in the year before suffering a torn calf.

Australia are still not certain of being at next year's World Cup in Russia, having missed out on the two automatic qualification spots in their group behind Japan and Saudi Arabia.

They'll face Syria in an AFC play-off and if they are successful will have one final play-off against a team from the CONCACAF zone.

There are always opportunities that may pop up, so if I can play well and something comes of it, then so be it.

Luke DeVere

If Ange Postecoglou's side do get to Russia, DeVere hopes he will be in contention for a spot on the plane.

His form for Brisbane last season put him back into the frame for the March qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates. But just before that international window he injured his calf.

"Any injury is frustrating, and when you talk about the injury's timing and being potentially on the cusp of Socceroos selection, it makes it a little bit more frustrating," he said.

DeVere, who played against Germany in March 2015, added: "As with everyone in football, you are first and foremost with your club, so if I can help the Roar do something this season and play well in doing that, you never know what might come around.

"There are always opportunities that may pop up, so if I can play well and something comes of it, then so be it."

He and his teammates will be hoping Brisbane's fortunes improve once the A-League season starts next month, as they've not had the best of results leading up to the campaign.

They were thrashed 5-1 at home by Melbourne Victory in the opening round of the FFA Cup, and their only two pre-season friendlies against A-League opposition have both been disappointing.

John Aloisi's side lost 4-0 to Western Sydney on the Gold Coast last month, then went down 3-1 to Victory in Ballarat last week.

Brisbane are 18/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Roar are 3/1 to win their first game of the league season against Melbourne City, who are 17/20 with the draw 3/1.

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