FFA to reach out to Arzani
Football Federation Australia are hoping Melbourne City star Daniel Arzani declares his international allegiance to the Socceroos.
The 19-year-old has been one of the A-League's outstanding players over the past two months, since breaking into the City side.
He's eligible to play for Australia, where he was raised, and has already played internationally at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level.
A lot of the things we're talking about now, they wouldn't even be talked about if I wasn't doing well.Daniel Arzani
But he was born in Iran, and reports indicate they are tracking his progress and could entice him to change loyalties with a spot in their World Cup squad.
Arzani, who came through FFA's former Centre of Excellence at the AIS, says he hasn't yet thought about which country he would want to represent.
But with Iran ready to offer him a World Cup trip, Socceroos staffers will now reach out to him and try to ensure he doesn't go down that route.
FFA's head of national teams Luke Casserly says it will be disappointing if Arzani chooses to represent Iran over the Socceroos.
"We've invested a fair bit in him over the years," he added. "It would be disappointing if he was to change allegiances. But, as always, it's the decision of the individual."
Arzani, who Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold singled out as pushing himself into the Socceroos' World Cup calculations, said he would need to talk to his parents before committing himself.
The teenager is happy with his form, which has earned him the January nomination for the A-League's young player of the year award.
"A lot of the things we're talking about now, they wouldn't even be talked about if I wasn't doing well," said Arzani.
"I've got to continue doing well to have any chance of being in the World Cup squad or achieving anything, really."
Australia are 20/1 to win Group C at the World Cup.
The Socceroos are 7/2 to qualify from their group.
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