The winds of change are sweeping through the Socceroos as Ange Postecoglu names his first squad since being appointed as Australia manager. The squad has been left seemingly captain-less after Lucas Neill's name did not feature the usual 'C' moniker beside it.

Neill has still been named as part of the 22-man squad that will take on Costa Rica on November 19 and has to consider himself lucky not to have been dropped. With the standard of the A-League rapidly improving, Neill will have to fight for his spot in Postecoglu's World Cup Squad for Brazil next year.

There was no room in the squad for veteran Sasa Ogenovski, while back-to-back disappointing performances by Luke Wilkshire - including a sending off - has also seen the full-back dropped. With his impressive start to the A-League season, it is more than likely that he will be replaced by Brisbane Roar's Ivan Franjic.

Returning veterans Tim Cahill and Marco Bresciano will look to impress under new management while a return to the A-League was not enough to earn Socceroos golden boy Harry Kewell a return to the national side. 

The squad includes a mixture of veterans and youth and has recieved a generally positive reaction from the Australian public, who have been begging for an Australian coach and have finally got their wish.

The inclusion of the likes of in-form wing-back Michael Zullo will excite Socceroos fans and, judging on his performances in the A-League, a left-wing combination of Zullo and Tommy Oar could be lethal. But, of course, the A-League can hardly be compared to the international stage - especially the biggest stage of all, the World Cup.

A number of names will hope to replace the recently-retired Mark Schwarzer, with the favourite being Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak.

So the change is immediate in the Australian camp with no one's spot safe and no veteran assured of his place.

But is change always good? I guess it can't really get much worse than consecutive 5-0 drubbings, so let's hope for an improved performance against the Costa Ricans at Allianz Stadium to send Australian Football back in the right direction.

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