Mark Schwarzer's Socceroos warning for Daniel Arzani

The legendary keeper wants to see the teenage sensation in Russia but with one word of warning

While you can safely add Mark Schwarzer to the Daniel Arzani fan club, the former Socceroos keeper has stressed the exciting prospect but must be taught some caution ahead of the World Cup.

Named in Bert van Marwijk's preliminary 26-man Socceroos squad, with three players still to be cut come June 4, Arzani is on the cusp of a trip to Russia and has impressed in camp

Having caught the eye in the A-League this season for Melbourne City, the teenage attacker has demonstrated a rare mix of skill and confidence rarely seen in Australian footballers.

Though Schwarzer is eager to see Arzani named in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup, he also pointed out the 19-year-old has to be kept under some control with three huge group games awaiting the Socceroos in Russia. 

"We all saw on Optus Sport, on social media, those skills he showed at training how he took on players," Schwarzer told Optus Sport.

"That always brings out excitement out of the Australian public, we’re not used to those type of skills: that naivety, youthfulness is important – having that little bit of extra outside the norm is exciting to see.

"When you talk about Arzani what’s important is you want him to take players on and not be afraid to do it but there’s also that fine line.

"Keep him under control a little bit sometimes. Give him an understanding when to take players on and when not to but you also want him to express himself.

"At times, let him loose, take the shackles off. He’s an unknown quantity."

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Daniel Arzani Socceroos 2018

Arzani is set for his Socceroos debut on June 1 against the Czech Republic in Austria before the squad is cut by three on June 4.

Following that, the green and gold take on Hungary in Budapest on June 9 before embarking on a World Cup campaign against Group C opponents France, Denmark and Peru.