Zullo aiming to impress new Socceroos coach

09 February 2018 07:04:57 EST
Michael Zullo in his Adelaide United days.

Sydney FC defender Michael Zullo's hoping he can find favour with new Australia coach Bert van Marwijk ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

The in-form left-back has played 10 times for the Socceroos, and still harbours ambitions of continuing his international career despite not having been picked in the past five years.

Zullo was left out of the picture by previous coach Ange Postecoglou, but with van Marwijk having succeeded him there's now hope that he'll be reconsidered.

What he didn't want in his pursuit of those recall dreams was to fall flat when he played in front of the new Socceroos coach last weekend.

Sydney FC strolled to a 4-0 victory against the A-League's bottom side, not needing to get into a high gear.

It was difficult for van Marwijk to accurately gauge the form of Sky Blues players in a match riddled with Phoenix errors.

Zullo concedes that, adding: "It was probably a game that would have been hard for him to judge the quality of the A-League on, because the gulf in quality between Wellington and us was huge.

"It probably wasn't the greatest game to watch, but we can only play who's out there in opposition to us, and we thoroughly dominated and got the result we needed. You can't really do much more than that.”

Van Marwijk was running the rule over several Sky Blues players, with Josh Brillante, Alex Wilkinson and Luke Wilkshire all knocking on the door for next month's away friendlies against Norway and Colombia.

Zullo says like every A-League player who's in contention for an international selection it's something that's acting as a particular motivation in a World Cup year.

"It's as a result of good performances with your club that you put yourself into contention for the national team," he added.

The Sky Blues are 1/1 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 5/2 with the draw 5/2.

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