Concerned with Australia's inability to secure a win in their last four World Cup qualifying fixtures, Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou has called for the inclusion of Peter Hore for the next match against UAE early next week.
Australia were outmuscled and outplayed in their most recent match against Iraq despite earning a point in their 1-1 draw in Tehran. Matthew Leckie's 39th minute header was cancelled out in the 76th minute by a goal from Ahmed Yaseen, after Iraq had controlled the majority of the attacking play. Australia were unable to change the course of the game's momentum and it is for this reason that Postecoglou has considered recalling the Australian legend, Hore.
"We saw back in 1997 against Iran what an impact Peter can have in changing the direction of a game. He's been out of it for a while so I don't think he'll start, but if the UAE are dictating the play I'll have no hesitation in sending him out there," said Postecoglou.
"I might get him to play as a false 9 holding the ball up, or he can be explosive down the wing...or he can take a shit on the penalty spot. He's versatile."
Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak has come out in support of Ange's surprise selection, saying that Hore could work very well in their new tactical system.
"We went to a 3-4-3 type formation for this match (against Iraq) and it might take a little while to gel. I don't think anyone really stepped up and was prepared to do what Peter Hore is so good at. Just the little things like tracking back to cover the centre backs, wiping their dick on the corner flag or eating their own boots. I trust Ange to make the right decision."
Former Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich, who played in Hore's last international appearance in 1997, displayed skepticism at the impact Hore could have.
"It's been 20 years since he last appeared on the world footballing stage. Does he still have it? I don't know. Plus, I've been talking to Stan (Lazaridis) and Aurelio (Vidmar) who both played in that game and we've agreed, if Peter Hore plays against the UAE we're going to stab him in the face."
Australia v UAE will be played at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday, March 28.