Marrone earns Qantas Socceroos selection

Melbourne Heart FC defender Michael Marrone’s Hyundai A-League form has been recognised with a call up to the Qantas Socceroos squad that will face Saudi Arabia at AAMI Park next week.

Melbourne Heart FC defender Michael Marrone-s Hyundai A-League form has been recognised with a call up to the Qantas Socceroos squad that will face Saudi Arabia at AAMI Park next week.

Qantas Socceroos coach Holger Osieck today revealed Marrone among a squad of 19-players that will contest the final match of Australia-s first phase of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Marrone, 25, became the first Heart player to reach the 50 Hyundai A-League appearances in red and white milestone a fortnight ago, having missed just one competitive fixture since the clubs inception.

“Michael-s performances over the past two Hyundai A-League seasons have been excellent and his contribution to our evolution on the pitch has been significant,” said Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van 't Schip.

“We as a club are delighted that his form has been recognised by Holger Osieck and we congratulate him on his selection.

“We hope that this selection gives him the confidence to build on his achievements to date in green and gold and, in red and white.”

Marrone recently penned a two-year contract extension with Melbourne Heart FC and will join his new Qantas Socceroos teammates after lining up for Heart in Sunday-s crucial Hyundai A-League clash with the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.