Ex-Sydney FC defender hoping for home Socceroos debut

Alex Gersbach hopes to make his senior international bow in front of family and friends when Australia face Greece at ANZ Stadium

Socceroos left-back Alex Gersbach has settled well in Norway, which he hopes will help his cause for an international debut in his hometown Sydney on Saturday night.  

Gersbach missed last week's England game due to club commitments with Rosenborg but is back in the squad for Australia's two matches against Greece in Sydney and then Melbourne on Tuesday. 

The 19-year-old comes into camp having featured seven times for the Norwegian Tippeligaen leaders since his mid-year switch from Sydney FC and says he's relishing his new surrounds.

"Life in Norway is really good. I'm really enjoying myself and we're five points clear at the top of the table," Gersbach told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's a different style of game. The main difference is in Norway [to the A-League] is it's more end-to-end football and everyone's attacking and trying to score every time you get the ball.

"It's a bit more full-on, that's the main difference. There's different styles you have to adapt to and the way we play over in Norway it's a bit different to the way we played in Sydney.

 
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"It takes time to accustom to that but each game I play and every time I get out on the field I feel more comfortable.

"When I get back after the break I'll be working really hard to get into the starting XI and try to cement a spot. Until I do that I won't be fully comfortable."

For a kid that was born in Sutherland and got his start in professional football at Sydney FC, the chance to make his senior international debut in the Harbour City would be a dream come true for Gersbach.

"I started playing football when I was four-years-old because my brother played and it was a part of the family," he said.

"Ever since you are that age, the highest point is playing for the Socceroos, that's every kids dream and I'm no different.

"It would be really special in Sydney but I'm not going to pick and choose when I want to make my debut, I'll take it when it comes and hopefully I'll make the most of it."

Gersbach was part of the squad for the March qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan getting on the pitch but with two games in three days, he should be involved against Greece.