The Socceroos are casting a wide net in their attempt to make a respectable showing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia next month.
It was Fran Karacic first, followed by reports from Jamie Maclaren that Australia is in talks with martin Boyle.
Boyle plays with Maclaren for Hibs and Boyle has Australian eligibility because his father was born in Sydney.
We once knew some people who lived in Townsville, so perhaps we could be considered eligible, although our football skills are negligible at best and were we to try a header, a broken beak might be all we had to show for the effort.
Boyle needs to obtain a passport and according to a statement made by Maclaren to the Edinburgh Evening News, “If he gets that passport sorted out then I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t play for Australia. I think he is good enough for Scotland as well. Australia know about him, I know that for a fact, because they have been in touch [with Hibs] and Boyley is in a great position to have two countries, two passports, and he is good enough to play international football.”
According to Maclaren, Australia’s gain could be Scotland’s loss, but unless something truly happens in the World Cup tournament, neither country is likely to be around for very long.
“I would definitely say he’d (Boyle) be a loss to Scotland. They do have fantastic wingers like James Forrest and Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth who have similarities to him, but Boyley brings an unpredictability, another dimension because he is so quick,” said Maclaren.
In his winger role for Hibernian, Boyle has five goals and seven assists in 30 appearances this season, but if he wants to hoist a World Cup, he had better have a granny who was born in Germany, or an auntie from Brazil.