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23 September 2015

Club News


23 September 2015

Bantams defender James Meredith has received his first ever call up to the Australian national side after being selected for their latest FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifier.

The 27 year-old was confirmed this Wednesday morning in Australia's squad for their forthcoming qualifier in Jordan on Thursday 8 October 2015.

The left back's call up comes after a string of impressive performances in Sky Bet League 1 for Phil Parkinson's men this season.

Meredith, who scored his first goal of the campaign last Sunday in the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United, is now expected to miss the club's JPT tie with Barnsley (6 October 2015) and the league fixture with Blackpool (10 October 2015) as a result of the call up.

Speaking about Meredith, Australia boss Ange Postecoglou said: “When I first got the job we cast the net pretty far and wide and he’s one that came across my path fairly early.


“We’ve been following him ever since. He plays as a left full-back and I still think the full back positions is an area where we don’t have enough depth as other areas of the park.


“I wouldn’t have brought him in if I didn’t think I wouldn’t throw him in if the opportunity arose.


“What we do is bring them into the environment and get them to have a look at it and see how they fit in. it’s unlikely I’ll throw him in but it’s happened in the past where if we get caught short in that area he may have to be thrown in and be ready.


“The good thing is he’s playing, he’s fit, he’s playing well and it gives us an option.”

Parkinson added: "I’m absolutely delighted for James and he really deserves it.


“There is no better accolade than being called up for your country. 

"James trains so hard every day and he has been playing well to merit this call up.


“He’s got his chance now in a high-profile game, a World Cup qualifier, and I’m so pleased for him.” 

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