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Oct 9, 2013

Carney out to repay Osieck faith

David Carney is eager to repay the faith shown in him by coach Holger Osieck should he get to end a year-long Socceroos exile against France.

Carney is favoured to win a starting berth in Friday's friendly in Paris, despite playing just six games with new MLS club New York after more than 12 months out of the game.

With a run of 90-minute performances under his belt, 29-year-old Carney is feeling match fit and confident he can again be the solution to the Socceroos' troublesome left back position.

"Being back here and training with the boys, I feel like I haven't really left and I've just blended back in pretty quick," said Carney, who last played for Australia against Jordan in September, 2012.

"Now it's about proving to Holger in training I'm capable of playing and that's all I can really do.

"I definitely want to (repay Osieck's faith). I've been playing regularly which is good and it's something I needed to do in the past.

"Hopefully now I'm carrying some form into the Socceroos if I play on Friday."

Carney never doubted his ability to return to the national team, despite falling off the radar after ending an unhappy eight-month stay at Uzbek club Bunyodkor late last year.

The former Sydney FC star had options to return to the A-League but held out for the right move and he's hoping for some stability alongside national team-mate Tim Cahill in New York.

The Red Bulls recently qualified for the MLS playoffs and Carney says "the vibes are all good" to suggest he can secure another deal with the American outfit next season.

That would greatly boost his hopes of playing at next year's World Cup in Brazil, with Osieck yet to solve his problematic left back puzzle.

Dutch-based young gun Jason Davidson is also in the squad for the France match, but looks more likely to get his chance against Canada in London next week.

Matt McKay also has plenty of international experience at fullback but Osieck has indicated he prefers him in midfield.

Carney said the mood within the squad in Paris was positive despite last month's 6-0 drubbing by Brazil.

And rather than targeting simply an improved performance, the former Blackpool player is eyeing a significant upset at the Parc des Princes.

"I've never gone out there just to play well," Carney said.

"You always want to win with the Socceroos and we've proved that in the past with (friendly wins) against Holland and Germany.

"We need to get stuck in because if you don't get stuck in, individual class can sometimes over-run you."

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