Socceroos: Martin Boyle ‘excited’ by attacking options

As pleased as star winger Martin Boyle is with the arrival of some new attacking faces in the Australian squad, he is far from ready to relinquish his place in the Socceroos’ top 11.

After missing Australia’s two games against Lebanon in March through injury and watching from the bench in Dhaka last Thursday as the Socceroos beat Bangladesh 2-0, Boyle is keen to start Tuesday night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Palestine in Perth.

“It’s important to me,” Boyle said.

“We all want to play, we all want to play and we all want to win games, so the competition is as strong as ever and we are all working hard.”

Bayern Munich youth sensation Nestory Irankunda, recalled former prodigy Daniel Arzani and Newcastle Jets shot-stopper Apostolos Stamatelopoulos have added to Australia’s attacking options in the current camp, while the recent emergence of centre-forward Kusini Yengi has also brought in more experienced forwards. upon notification.

“The younger generation is definitely getting stronger,” Boyle, 31, said.

“Also the confidence they have – I’ve never had that confidence at that age.

“It’s great to see but we also need to keep them on the ground so they stay as humble as ever, but the talent coming through right now is really exciting and the next couple of years could be really good for Australian football. ”

Like Hibernian ace Boyle, 31-year-old Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart is desperate to start on Tuesday night in his hometown.

“I’ve never played for the national team in front of my friends and family so this will be a first,” said the reigning A-League Golden Boot.

“It’s something I would always dream of as a young lad from Perth. (The Socceroos) don’t play in Perth too often, so it’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I’m definitely looking forward to being on the field this time.”

And if Taggart – who has scored six goals in 19 appearances for the Socceroos – is successful, he will be part of a formation that includes two central forwards.

“I like to play two up top – that’s my favorite way to play,” he said.

“It’s always nice to link up with another striker, but it’s not easy and I think that’s one of the challenges coming into the camp.

“You have to find that combination with other attackers very quickly.”

Regardless of the result on Tuesday night, the Socceroos have already qualified for the third round of the AFC World Cup qualifiers.

However, victory over Palestine would give the Aussies a perfect record in round two with six wins from as many games and improve their chances of making the three nations in round one for a draw in round three.

“We want to win every game,” Boyle said.

AFC Second Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Australia v Palestine

Tuesday 22:05 (AEST), 20:05 (AWST)

HBF Park, Perth

Leave a Comment