Heart man puts aside Socceroos selection
MELBOURNE Heart winger Richard Garcia should be a little tense this week after being left out of the Socceroos squad to take on Oman in a World Cup qualifier on March 26.
On top of that, his club has lost its past two games, sits in second-last spot and needs to win its next three games to be guaranteed a finals spot.
Garcia could be forgiven for thinking a three-match winning streak and subsequent finals appearance would do his Socceroos selection chances no harm.
However, the 31-year-old with 18 national caps has not thought that far ahead.
"All I'm thinking about at the moment is getting good results and helping our side make the top six," he said.
The versatile midfielder, currently playing as a winger, has scored five goals from 21 games in an impressive 2012-13 season.
"I'm 31, I've got plenty of time left in the game and I feel as though I've had a good season," he said.
"It's up to what Holger (Australia coach Holger Osieck) wants."
The Heart needs to beat the Wanderers tonight to stay in touch with the top six.
The Melbourne team faces a difficult task - against the Phoenix last Sunday, the Western Sydney outfit set an A-League record for consecutive wins - nine.
"It is (a daunting task), but everyone is beatable in this league," Garcia said.
The Heart has two tough away games after tonight's fixture, against the Roar and Mariners, determining if the Melbourne side plays finals football.
- HEART V WANDERERS
- At AAMI Park, Melbourne, 4.30pm
- Also: Sky Blues v Victory, 6.45pm.