Sport Arzani would jump at chance to be part of Socceroos squad if called up

12:41  05 february  2018
12:41  05 february  2018 Source:   Brisbane Times

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Melbourne City's teen sensation Daniel Arzani says that if he was selected for the Socceroos ' upcoming pre-World Cup friendlies against the youngster can operate at international level, but to cement his ties to Australia and lessen the chances of Iran calling him up to their World Cup squad .

can operate at international level, but to cement his ties to Australia and lessen the chances of Iran calling him up to their World Cup squad . Former Socceroos goalkeeper and Fox Sports TV pundit Mark Bosnich has no doubts that Arzani is ready despite having only played a handful of A-League

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Born in Iran, Arzani moved to Sydney with his family as a child and has grown up in Australia. All his soccer development has been in this country, but that hasn't stopped the mounting speculation about which national team he would represent, should he be given the chance.

At a Melbourne City pre-season press day he told journalists that it would be a hard choice between Team Melli and the Socceroos ''if I am good enough in the future''.

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Socceroos staffers will reach out to rising Melbourne City star Daniel Arzani as he mulls his international future. Arzani , 19, has lit up the A-League over the past two months but "I've got to continue doing well to have any chance of being in the World Cup squad or achieving anything, really."

But nurture might be winning out over nature.

''It would be really exciting if I was included. It would be great to see the Socceroo set up and be a part of it. I have played for the junior national teams but never for the seniors," he said on Monday.

''I think for me I am leaning a bit more towards Australia. I grew up here, I played all my football here and went to the AIS. I have a lot of memories here."

The 19-year-old has been winning rave reviews since getting his chance in the Melbourne City line-up a little more than a month ago, tearing defences apart and creating chances for teammates with clever passes and dribbles.

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Ange Postecoglou revealed that Tongyik, 20, would’ve got a Socceroos call up if not for red tape, and City coach Mike Valkanis said more kids will get a chance . “From Genreau, to Arzani , these boys are more than capable of coming in and helping us and we ’ re looking forward to giving Jump back to top.

Such is the impression he is making that many seasoned observers are urging new coach Australia boss Bert van Marwijk to give him a chance in the green and gold to see if he could be the X-factor in the World Cup squad.

The games against Norway in Oslo on March 24 and Colombia in London four days later present the perfect opportunity, not just to see whether the youngster can operate at international level, but to cement his ties to Australia and lessen the chances of Iran calling him up to their World Cup squad.

Former Socceroos goalkeeper and Fox Sports TV pundit Mark Bosnich has no doubts that Arzani is ready despite having only played a handful of A-League games and that Australia should do whatever it takes to get him into national team colours

The ex-Manchester United shotstopper told Fox Sports on Sunday night that if it was up to him, he would "just arrange a game against anyone and just cap him".

Arzania has always said that his allegience was a difficult choice.

He still speaks Persian at home with his family and will consult with his parents before making a final call, but, he says, ''the decision will be made by me''.

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