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Daniel Arzani not surprised by Socceroos snub but vows allegiance to Australia

01:19 BST 06/04/2018
Daniel Arzani
The talented teen is staying grounded and only has eyes for the Socceroos

After lighting up the A-League this season, calls for Daniel Arzani to be thrusted straight into the Socceroos squad have grown with every performance but the man himself isn't surprised he's yet to get a call up.

With three assists, two goals and countless nutmegs to his name with City over his 14 games to date, the 19-year-old has taken Australia by storm with fans falling in love with his flare and confidence.

Born in Iran, Arzani's eligibility to play for the Middle Eastern country has only increased calls for him to be given a Socceroos cap sooner rather than later.

New coach Bert van Marwijk was in no such hurry however and didn't include the attacker in his first squad for friendlies against Norway and Colombia in late March.

Though a decision Australian fans didn't appreciate, Arzani himself wasn't surprised.

"No, not too much," Arzani told SEN when asked whether he surprised by his omission. 

"I thought it was a bit of a stretch anyway.

"The ultimate goal is to get there."

Though born in Iran, Arzani grew up in Australia playing junior football in Sydney's eastern suburbs before joining Sydney FC's youth team in 2016 and not long after Melbourne City. 

While Iran may no doubt one day be interested in his talent, Arzani has already decided who he wants to play for.

"For me it’d have to be Australia," he said

"A lot of my football knowledge has been learnt in Australia and I think I owe it to them."

Arzani's club ambitions are equally as clear with the 19-year-old saying he'd love to play in the Premier League one day.

For now though, he's thrilling fans for Melbourne City, a side he backs can shoot Sydney down finals time having recently found some real consistency.