'Emotional' Nabbout on a high after Caltex Socceroos debut
A proud Andrew Nabbout revelled in redemption on Saturday morning (AEDT) after capping a hard road to international football with a first Caltex Socceroos cap.
Once on the outer of the Hyundai A-League, Nabbout joined his former Newcastle Jets team-mate Dimitri Petratos in Australia's starting XI against Norway in Oslo.
The now-Urawa Red Diamonds attacker, who rebuilt his career with a stint in Malaysia, says his satisfaction won't be overshadowed by the eventual 4-1 loss.
"To work as hard as I did and show the resilience to get here is huge for me," Nabbout told Fox Sports.
"It was the biggest honour in my football career to put on that shirt.
"I'm still trying to soak it in to be honest. Just walking in and seeing my shirt hanging up there, it was quite emotional.
"But I got on with it and ran as hard as I could for the team, tried to do my job as I best as I could the way the coach wanted it.
"Disappointing result to make my debut in but there are a lot of positives to take out of it."
While the result marked a frustrating start to Van Marwijk's reign, Nabbout insists the squad will take an upbeat atmosphere into the much-anticipated clash with Colombia in Oslo on Tuesday morning (AEDT).
"It's been a hugely positive week in training. Obviously, it's going to take a little bit of time," he said.
"Although that was a difficult result for us, we've had a positive week
"All the boys are in high spirits and we're pumped for the next game."
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