Boyle relishing Socceroos chance
Martin Boyle is looking forward to the chance to make his international bow for Australia, after his first involvement with the Socceroos this week.
The 25-year-old winger has been in training camp with new coach Graham Arnold and the Australia players ahead of the friendly against Kuwait.
Boyle can't play in that game as he's awaiting his international clearance, but says he's enjoyed the chance to work with the other Socceroos in Dubai this week.
He and another two Socceroos - Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan - have made an excellent start to the Scottish Premiership season with Hibernian.
Boyle says he's been speaking with the Maclaren for over a year about the prospect of playing with the Socceroos.
A face-to-face meeting with Arnold then convinced him to pledge his allegiance to Australia, where his father was born.
"The opportunity to represent your country, it's a great honour," he said. "The standard is really high, the expectations of the squad is high, the manager demands a lot from the squad which is good."
Boyle is hoping to get a debut in either of the November friendlies as the Socceroos gear up to defend the Asian Cup.
They will host South Korea and Lebanon in Brisbane and Sydney respectively.
Boyle says he was impressed with what Arnold told him of his plans for the team.
"[He] seemed really keen to have me on board, the style of football he wants to emulate, the group of boys he said he was bringing in," he said. "The football really attracted me and he said I would fit into the system really well."
Australia are 9/20 to win their friendly against Kuwait, who are 13/2 with the draw 16/5.
The Socceroos are 11/2 to win 1-0.
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