Victory's Nabbout turns down Lebanon

The promising young forward has rejected the advances of another country, as he seeks to make his Socceroos dream a reality

Melbourne Victory youngster Andrew Nabbout has turned down the opportunity to represent Lebanon as he aims to force his way into the Socceroos reckoning.

Nabbout, 20, burst onto the A-League scene last season, having been plucked from the relative obscurity of the Victorian Premier League by Victory coach Ange Postecoglou.

Having flown under the radar before his two-goal star turn in the comeback win away to Sydney FC last season, Nabbout is yet to represent Australia at any youth level.

But the forward remains hopeful of pulling on the green and gold, prompting him to politely decline interest from the Lebanese Football Association.

"At the moment I've declined the offer, I've put it on hold because I'm still only 20 and I don't want to rule out my chances of playing for the Socceroos – that's a priority for me," Nabbout told Melbourne Victory's website.

"It's an honour for me and my family as well, with them coming from Lebanon, everyone's ecstatic that they even showed an interest in me."

Nabbout said Postecoglou has been pushing his players hard so far in pre-season, as Victory look to improve on their semi-final exit at the hands of eventual champions Central Coast Mariners.

"It's tough, but that's what Ange wants and his expectations are high for all of us," he said.

"Last season was a disappointing one for us, we didn't finish as high as we wanted to and we'll definitely be looking to rectify that this season."

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