Scotsman who has never set foot in Australia could be named for Socceroos
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Scotsman who has never set foot in Australia could be named for Socceroos

A Scotland-born winger who is learning Australia's national anthem is firming as part of Socceroos coach Graham Arnold's fresh plans.

Martin Boyle is expected to set foot in Australia for the first time this weekend to link up with Australia's national team.

Flying Scotsman: Martin Boyle avoids a tackle on the wing.

Flying Scotsman: Martin Boyle avoids a tackle on the wing.Credit:PA Wire

Arnold on Thursday will announce a 23-man squad for friendlies against South Korea on November 17 and Lebanon three days later in Sydney.

The 25-year-old Boyle is a teammate of Socceroos Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Scottish club Hibernian.

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Boyle, who qualifies for Australia through his Sydney-born father Graeme, is tipped to be summoned along with another winger, Adelaide United's Craig Goodwin.

With Daniel Arzani requiring a knee reconstruction, Boyle and Goodwin will get game time in the friendlies to press their claims to be selected for Australia's Asian Cup defence in January.

Boyle was called into Arnold's training camp last month but couldn't play in the 4-0 win against Kuwait - the first game of Arnold's new tenure as Socceroos boss.

The speedster has since gained Australian citizenship and has been practising the words to Advance Australia Fair.

"I'm learning it, I'm singing it in the bath, in the car, everywhere I go," he told Scottish newspaper The Edinburgh News.

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"I'll have it locked down by the time I go ... if I am selected, I will be very honoured.

"Then it will be up to me to work hard, give it my very best, show I am there on merit and hopefully do enough to be chosen again for the Asian Cup."

Midfield linchpin Aaron Mooy and first-choice goalkeeper Mat Ryan will feature in the friendlies after injuries ruled them out against Kuwait.

Ryan will replace shot stopper Brad Jones, unavailable after being knocked out while playing for his United Arab Emirates club Al Nassr at the weekend.

Uncapped Kenny Dougall is another sidelined by injury after being an unused substitute against Kuwait - the 25-year-old midfielder from English League One club Barnsley has suffered an ankle ligament injury.

Arnold will also appoint another temporary captain in the wake of Mile Jedinak's retirement from international football.

Stalwart Mark Milligan captained the Socceroos against Kuwait but another of the six-man leadership group will lead in Brisbane and Sydney.

The candidates are Trent Sainsbury, Mooy, Ryan, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie.

AAP