Martin Boyle says he’s “extremely honoured” to be selected for a Caltex Socceroos training camp next week and hopes to grab the opportunity to represent Australia with both hands.
The 25-year-old winger – a teammate of Mark Milligan and Jamie Maclaren at Scottish side Hibernian – was selected in Graham Arnold’s 25-man squad on Friday.
A youth international with Scotland, Boyle needs international clearance before he can play for the Caltex Socceroos.
He’ll take part in a week-long training camp in the UAE next week but isn’t eligible for the friendly match against Kuwait on October 16 (AEST).
Boyle is eligible to play for the Caltex Socceroos as his father was born in Australia.
“It’s part of the heritage, we spoke about it growing up,” Boyle told Hibs TV.
“Coming through the Montrose’s and Dundee’s, we never thought this opportunity would come but I’ve knuckled down and worked hard and the opportunity has finally come.
“The family are delighted and hopefully I can grab it with two hands.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m extremely honoured, it’s a great achievement by myself.”
Boyle will have a familiar face in camp with him in the UAE, with Hibs teammate Mark Milligan also in Arnold’s 25-man squad.
But a back injury means Maclaren wasn’t included.
The speedy winger revealed a meeting with Arnold and Hibs manager Neil Lennon last month was the catalyst for his selection in this camp.
“I had a meeting with him (Arnold) and the gaffer (Lennon) and he seemed really keen to have me on board. And likewise, I was expressing my interest,” Boyle explained.
“(Arnold) said I’d fit into the system well, the lads are great and it’s a good opportunity for myself. It was good to have that face-to-face chat with him.
“I’ve been chatting (with Milligan and Maclaren) for months now, just on knowing what to expect,” Boyle added.
“They’ve talked about how much they love it. Hopefully I’ll fit in well and Mark [Milligan] takes it easy on me over there.”
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic’s Genk beaten in battle of Belgium’s top two
Danny Vukovic’s Genk remain well clear on top of the table despite falling to a rare defeat in Belgium against Club Brugge overnight. In a meeting of the competition’s top two at the Jan Breydel Stadion, Genk were beaten the fired-up home side, going down 3-1. There was lit
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton through to Quarter-Finals while Milligan, Giannou pick up strong results
There were a handful of Caltex Socceroos in action on Sunday morning (AEDT) while some key figures were rested as their clubs negotiated cup ties. Firstly to Europe where Mark Milligan played a full 90 at the heart of Hibernian’s midfield as they welcomed new manager Danny Hec
Aussies Abroad: Luongo gallant in Watford defeat
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Massimo Luongo can turn his attention to the EFLChampionship after QPR crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT). The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in QPR’s 1-0 loss to Watford at Loftus Road, in a tight game where each side cou
When to watch your Caltex Socceroos this weekend
There's FA Cup action on the cards for two Australians this weekend as another prepares for a massive top-of-the-table encounter. Multiple players are involved in matches with major title ramifications, while Mark Milligan has a new manager to impress in Scotland. Read on t