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Socceroos call up talk irks Muscat

AAP logoAAP 6/01/2017 Ben McKay

The Socceroos deserve more respect than to be linked with every A-League player who has a good game, according to Kevin Muscat.

The Melbourne Victory coach and former national team servant has been irked by the rate in which players seem to drift into Socceroos calculations in media speculation.

Luke DeVere, Alex Brosque and Brendon Santalab have been linked to a return to the Socceroos setup on the back of solid A-League campaigns.

And bolters like Rhyan Grant and Andrew Nabbout have been speculated as being in coach Ange Postecoglou's sights after their first half of the season.

Without mentioning any players or pundits by name, Muscat scoffed at how easily some were mentioned as potential Socceroos.

"We have individuals that have a good 45 minutes and the next minute they should be in the national team," he said.

"We should treat playing for Australia with a lot more respect than we do."

Muscat, who wore the Socceroos shirt 51 times, gave short shrift to the idea that one of his in-form Victory players would join those ranks.

James Donachie has impressed at centre-back since replacing Nick Ansell last month but Muscat said he wasn't ready - yet - to further his international ambitions.

"James has a lot in his game he can improve on," he said.

"From my perspective he needs to be a lot more consistent over a period of time and improve.

"That's a challenge he will accept."

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