Socceroos' omission behind me - Antonis moves on from Asian Cup snub

Melbourne Victory midfielder Terry Antonis Source: Getty Images

Terry Antonis has moved on from his AFC Asian Cup omission, convinced a Socceroos recall is still within sight if he maintains his compelling form for Melbourne Victory.

The A-League defending champions host in-form Wellington Phoenix on Sunday, with midfield conductors Antonis and James Troisi again expected to be central to their chances in the absence of injured marquee man Keisuke Honda.

Troisi made headlines last month when he hit out at the creative pair's omission from the Australia squad, believing it was 'not picked on performance or merit'.

Antonis was less forthright but admitted he was disappointed to learn his early-season form hadn't been rewarded.

He hasn't played for the Socceroos for six years, having been a non-playing member of the triumphant 2015 Asian Cup squad.

"I can't really say too much about it, it's obviously a thing I wanted to be in," Antonis said.

"Being a part of your national team, that's what everyone wants to do. I just have to keep on playing. If I play well, I'm sure things will happen. To be honest, I'm worrying about myself."

The 25-year-old's standards haven't slipped, having scored four goals and notching up five assists this season. His assist tally is only eclipsed across the league by Troisi's six.

It took a late Antonis assist to Ola Toivonen to square Victory's last clash with the fifth-placed Phoenix 1-1 three weeks ago, also at AAMI Park.

The end-to-end encounter was typical of some recent thrillers between the teams and Antonis conceded the rejuvenated visitors would take some beating.

The Phoenix, inspired by the goalscoring feats of striker Roy Krishna, are on a club record eight-match unbeaten strike. They've also had a break of more than a week since their 3-2 win over Central Coast Mariners.

Conversely, Victory have endured an intense schedule but Antonis didn't think their fifth game in 15 days would be unduly difficult, pointing to Tuesday's 5-0 rout of Brisbane Roar as evidence their fitness is holding up.

Kosta Barbarous bagged a hat-trick in Brisbane, seemingly benefiting from a rest against Newcastle Jets three days earlier.

Antonis, who has started every match, was intent on second-placed Victory not allowing leaders Perth Glory to extend the lead on his second-placed side to any more than the current three points.

"We're right behind them and we want to keep putting pressure on them," he said.

"Every team that plays us, especially here, wants to beat us. So it's going to be a difficult game but we know what we have to do."

Source AAP