Luke Wilkshire
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  • Club Shirt
  • 8
  • Socceroos
  • Unknown
  • National Shirt
  • 8
  • Socceroos
  • Central Defender
  • Debut match
  • v Solomon Islands (W5–1) 9-Oct-04
  • Last match
  • v Iraq (W1–2) 16-Oct-12
Total
Games played 78
Goals 8
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Height:176 cm
Weight:72 kg
Date of birth:Oct 2, 1981
Place of birth:Wollongong, NSW
Nationality:Australian
Biography
 
Solid performances for the Qantas Under-23 team at the Athens Olympics lifted Wilkshire into contention for the senior national side. He took a risk by moving from Middlesbrough to Bristol City in 2003, but the regular first team football improved his game tremendously and put him in the spotlight. A tenacious and hard working midfielder, Wilkshire is always looking for the ball and gets forward at every opportunity to support in attack. This didn't go unnoticed by then-national team boss Guus Hiddink and he was picked in the 2006 World Cup squad. While most saw him as a squad player, Hiddink saw something different and Wilkshire started in the opening game against Japan. He missed the next two games, but was selected against Italy, putting in a very solid performance. On advice from Hiddink, Wilkshire moved to the Netherlands in 2006 to play with Eredivisie side FC Twente. He made a move to Russian outfit Dynamo Moscow in 2008 and has featured regularly in that side. He played in three of the four matches at the 2007 Asian Cup finals and was an important player during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers and finals in South Africa, at which he played in all three of Australia’s group games. He has become a key member of Holger Osieck’s squad that qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.