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Dear Bert van Marwijk, please unleash Daniel Arzani during Socceroos' World Cup campaign

7:09 PM GMT 09/06/2018
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Goal's Australian chief editor Kieran Francis writes a letter to the Socceroos coach about the green and gold's youngest player

Dear Bert van Marwijk,

Let's get straight to the point. We want to see Daniel Arzani let loose at the World Cup.

We understand that he can't start every game and probably should be on the bench against tournament fancy France - he is the youngest player in Russia after all.

Exposing him to quality full backs such as Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe could be overwhelming, and slightly different to running at defenders such Johnny Koutroumbis and Leigh Broxham.

But get him on the field for last 20 minutes against Les Bleus, and if things don't go to plan in attack during the first match as Mark Bosnich suggested, start him against Denmark and Peru.

We by no means have as much expertise as you in nurturing a young talent, getting the most of him and managing expecations.

But Arzani's talent and mental strength was there for all to see after he came on to the field against Hungary.

He demanded the ball, didn't give it away and moved smartly between the lines - and that's completely discounting his match-winning involvement in the two goals.

Forget about the goalkeeping that allowed his first international goal, Arzani's confidence to come inside and shoot on sight was refreshing to see even before the howler.

We rarely saw any composure from the other Australian attackers in that area of the pitch and Arzani deserves credit for having a crack.

But his crowning moment was the killer pass that helped set up the own goal deep in stoppage time.

After cutting inside, he could have easily played the simple pass to a teammate at the top of the area, but instead he had the composure and skill beyond his 19 years of age to thread the best ball of the match to Jackson Irvine.

It was simply stunning and exciting for every Australian football to watch.

Now we know you aren't sticking around after the World Cup, and your job is to get the best out of the team during the tournament, but Arzani has proved he is worthy of significant game time.

And there is no doubt we will be disappointed to not see him given a chance on football's biggest stage.

Aside from seeing Australia take on the world, the thing we are all most excited about is Arzani wearing the green and gold.

We look forward to it happening over the next month and beyond.

Yours sincerely,

Australia's football supporters.