Daniel Arzani and Mathew Ryan are the two Australia players capable of rising to football’s highest level, says Mark Bosnich.
Arzani was a surprise World Cup call-up for the Socceroos but he has been in scintillating form since he broke through for Melbourne City in the A League.
The 19-year-old is the youngest player at the World Cup and was brought on as a late substitute ahead of Tim Cahill as Australia sought an equaliser in their opening 2-1 defeat by France.
The wonderkid is expected to break the transfer record for a player leaving the A League and former Socceroos goalkeeper Bosnich expects Arzani to reach the top of the game.
"There's a young player we have got called Daniel Arzani," Bosnich told Goal and Omnisport. "He is the youngest player at the World Cup. Iranian refugee, it is a wonderful story.
“He didn’t even play domestic football, A League football until January and now he is in the Socceroos squad. I think he should play, he is a player that we have not got in our side.
"I think he is good enough to play at the highest level. He has come from nowhere. We have a very structured, too structured in my opinion but that’s another story, pathway in Australia, from what you have got to do, to where you have got to go. He never did any of that. He is a player from the street.
"You will pick that up straight away, he is just off the cuff and he excites people when you are watching him."
The 26-year-old was a then-club record signing for Brighton after joining from Valencia and Bosnich thinks that, not only is he Australia's star, but that he can achieve even more in club football.
"Well, he is [the star]. Himself, Aaron Mooy, as well. Obviously, he plays for Huddersfield," Bosnich, who won 17 caps for Australia, added. "Tim Cahill as well, he is in the squad but he is not the force he once was.
“I thought Mat Ryan, in the first 10 minutes [against France] kept us in it, and settled the whole team down. I think he had a very calming effect on everyone.
"That first 10 minutes, it was crucial that we didn’t concede a goal. In that first 10 minutes if we conceded then maybe France would have run away with it. There’s a few people asking questions about his positioning for the second goal but I thought that was very harsh. I thought overall that he did very well and, in that first 10 minutes, he was crucial.
"Of course he can [play for a bigger club]. It takes a lot of hard work and good luck. He has definitely got the talent and ability, and we have seen that this year in the Premier League."