Adama Traore not an option for Socceroos

The fullback had been earmarked for a berth in Australia's defence in the near future, but the governing body has discovered he will not be able to pull on the green and gold

Socceroos supporters are set to be disappointed by the news Melbourne Victory left-back Adama Traore will be ineligible for national selection even if he successfully gains his Australian citizenship.

According to FIFA regulations, a player cannot change their allegiance after representing their country of origin at national youth levels, unless they held dual nationality at the time of their original call up.

Traore, 23, has represented the country of his birth, the Ivory Coast, at Under-17, U-19 and U-21 levels.

Speaking to the Herald Sun, a spokesperson for Football Federation Australia explained the impasse.

"Under current FIFA regulations, Adama Traore will not be eligible for the Socceroos upon becoming an Australian citizen due to his participation in official matches for the Ivory Coast youth national teams at a time when he did not have an Australian citizenship," said the FFA spokesperson.

However, Victory fans will be pleased to learn that Traore will no longer be considered an overseas player under A-League rules when he gains his citizenship, freeing up a space for a new foreign recruit.

That will be scant consolation for Socceroo fans hoping to see Traore's marauding runs down the left for the green and gold.

Traore had been touted as an answer to the left-back conundrum for the national side, a position which has changed between five players since the retirement of Socceroos stalwart Scott Chipperfield.

FFA technical director Han Berger said he had discussed the possibility of a call-up for Traore with national coach Holger Osieck.

"We were hoping that he could play for Australia and that's right [there were discussions]. I don't think it's a secret that left-back position is a difficult one as it is for many teams and countries," Berger was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

"We were interested in to see how he would develop when he was fit again and if he could get an Australian citizenship and passport. He would have been an interesting option for that difficult position."

Traore was previously on record as expressing his desire to represent Australia, but that dream now appears to have been dashed.

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