Socceroos recruit Martin Boyle says he’s still trying to learn the Australian national anthem.
Socceroos recruit Martin Boyle says he’s still trying to learn the Australian national anthem.

Scottish-born winger, A-League sensation set for Socceroos

A SCOTTISH-born winger who is learning Australia's national anthem is expected to be part of Socceroos coach Graham Arnold's fresh plans.

Martin Boyle is expected to set foot in Australia for the first time this weekend to link up with Australia's national team.

Arnold will on Thursday announce a 23-man squad for friendlies against South Korea on November 17 and Lebanon three days later in Sydney.

Arnold is expected to name his new Socceroos squad in the coming days. Picture: Getty Images
Arnold is expected to name his new Socceroos squad in the coming days. Picture: Getty Images

The 25-year-old Boyle is a teammate of Socceroos Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Scottish club Hibernian.

Boyle, who qualifies for Australia through his Sydney-born father Graeme, is tipped to be summoned along with another winger, Adelaide United's Craig Goodwin.

With Daniel Arzani requiring a knee reconstruction, Boyle and Goodwin will get game time in the friendlies to press their claims to be selected for Australia's Asian Cup defence in January.

Boyle was called into Arnold's training camp last month but couldn't play in the 4-0 win against Kuwait - the first game of Arnold's new tenure as Socceroos boss.

Boyle's form for Hibs has put him in line for an international call-up. Picture: Getty
Boyle's form for Hibs has put him in line for an international call-up. Picture: Getty

The speedster has since gained Australian citizenship and has been practising the words to Advance Australia Fair.

"I'm learning it, I'm singing it in the bath, in the car, everywhere I go," he told Scottish newspaper The Edinburgh News.

"I'll have it locked down by the time I go ... if I am selected, I will be very honoured.

"Then it will be up to me to work hard, give it my very best, show I am there on merit and hopefully do enough to be chosen again for the Asian Cup."

Midfield linchpin Aaron Mooy and first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan will play in the friendlies after injuries ruled them out against Kuwait.

Boyle plays alongside Socceroos forward Jamie MacLaren at Hibs. Picture: Getty
Boyle plays alongside Socceroos forward Jamie MacLaren at Hibs. Picture: Getty

Ryan will replace shot stopper Brad Jones, who is unavailable after being knocked out while playing for his United Arab Emirates club Al Nassr at the weekend.

Uncapped Kenny Dougall is another sidelined by injury after being an unused substitute against Kuwait - the 25-year-old midfielder from English League One club Barnsley has suffered an ankle ligament injury.

Arnold will also appoint another temporary captain in the wake of Mile Jedinak's retirement from international football.

Stalwart Mark Milligan captained the Socceroos against Kuwait but another of the six-man leadership group will lead in Brisbane and Sydney.

The candidates are Trent Sainsbury, Mooy, Ryan, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie.


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