Davidson ready to fight for Socceroos spot

January 03, 2015 10:44:25 UK

Australia boss Ange Postecoglou.

Jason Davidson is hoping a lack of club matches won’t cost him a place in Australia’s team at the Asian Cup.

The West Bromwich Albion defender has made just two Premier league appearances since signing from Dutch side Heracles in August.

The 23-year-old felt he did well for the Socceroos at the World Cup in Brazil, but whether he can displace Aziz Behich in Ange Postecoglou’s side remains in the balance.

Behich has been preferred in Australia’s last two games – defeats away to Qatar and Japan – and is playing regularly in the Turkish Super Lig for Bursaspor.

Behich is expected to get Postecoglou’s nod for the left-back spot in the opening Group A clash against Kuwait in Melbourne next Friday, where the Socceroos are 1.25 to secure victory.

The fact that he has been out of the picture at West Brom under former coach Alan Irvine and linked with a loan move to Championship side Reading hasn’t dented Davidson’s confidence.

He said: “I had a strong World Cup and there’s no reason for me not to feel confident … I am keen to perform again the same way I did in Brazil.

“The way we train and the intensity we train at in England is at a high standard – I don’t think my fitness levels have dipped, which is a positive for me.”

Davidson, who has won 13 caps, says he has been putting in extra training at his club to make sure he was 100 per cent physically ahead of the Asian Cup, with Australia 3.75 to win the tournament outright.

He will have the chance to prove himself to new West Brom coach Tony Pulis when he returns from the tournament.

Davidson said: “I can’t say I am happy not to have been playing but I believe I am still heading in the right direction and developing as a footballer. Whatever the coaching situation is at the club, it doesn’t change anything for me in the sense that I will come back and fight for my spot.”

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