After exposing little-known Brazilian forward Bernard from Group A on Wednesday, we now shift focus onto Group B, where Australia’s Matthew Leckie will hope to prove his worth for the Socceroos.
Twenty-three year-old Matthew Leckie will be looking to earn a place in the Australian line-up at this year’s World Cup.
After three years in Australia’s A League, Leckie made the move to Europe in 2011, signing for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany. A year later, he was loaned out to FSV Frankfurt, a move that was made permanent last year.
Normally used as a second striker, he can also be deployed on the right flank. He is a robust and busy player, and as Frankfurt endured a tough season in the second tier of German football, they relied heavily on Leckie’s skilful contribution and his goals – he averaged one every three games to help them avoid relegation.
An international at Under-20 level, Leckie came on as a substitute in his first appearance for the senior Australian side in November 2012, scoring his first goal for the country 11 months later in a friendly against Canada.
He has since been capped six times for his country, and many South African fans may have noticed his industrious performance in Bafana Bafana’s recent 1-1 draw with Australia, as Leckie kept the South African back four busy for large periods of the game.
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