Goodwin: What I need to do to earn more Caltex Socceroos caps

Craig Goodwin believes adding more consistency to his game is the key to making the next step and earning a full call-up to the Caltex Socceroos squad.

The Adelaide United winger has started the season in red-hot form, scoring in every round of the Reds' FFA Cup triumph, including a stunning brace in the Final, while netting three goals in as many Hyundai A-League games.

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That has seen the 26-year-old included as a train-on player to join Graham Arnold's squad ahead of their friendly against Korea Republic on November 17, providing him with the chance to earn a place in the full squad to face Lebanon, which will be named on November 18, three days later.

While some might be left wondering what more they can do to secure selection after eight goals in seven games, Goodwin understands exactly what he needs to offer in order to add to his three caps, the last of which he earned in 2016.


"I wouldn’t say I was confident I was going to make it [the squad]," he told Fox Sports News.

"I think I’ve been doing well but I still think there is much more for me to do and for me to improve on.

"It’s about trying to deliver those kind performances of a consistent basis for me. 

"I am happy I have done it [earned the call-up] and I will be looking to do my best when I'm in there and show just what I can do, but first of all I have to have another good performance against Perth this weekend."


Indeed, the 26-year-old believes he can not only replicate his early-season form but take it to a new level as he reaches full fitness again following a virus.

"I think I’ve got more to offer to be honest,” he added.

"It’s been a good start and obviously I’ve been able to get on the scoresheet a few times and help the team, but I still feel that I’ve got more improvement to do in my game in terms of consistently throughout the match and fitness wise as well.

"I’m a perfectionist I think and I want the best out my game in every situation so I think there’s more to come from me and the team [Adelaide] as well."

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