Melbourne Victory defender Scott Galloway is looking forward to locking horns with the best up-and-coming talent Brazil has to offer after being named in the latest Olyroo squad.
Galloway, 19, was with the Young Socceroos last month when they failed to qualify for next year's Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, a cruel blow Paul Okon and his players.
The fullback will have a chance to put that disappointment behind him when he travels to China with the Under-23s for an invitational tournament involving the hosts, South Korea and Brazil between November 14 and 18.
Vidmar names Olyroo squad for upcoming internationals
Asked if it was a proud moment to be picked again to represent his country, Galloway said: "Yeah it is, definitely, especially with the Olyroos, playing up a couple of years as well.
"It's an honour to play for your country, it's going to be a fantastic tournament as well, especially the likes of Brazil."
"You never know, you could be playing on the next Neymar."
The Perth-born teenager could be more right than he knows when it comes to taking on a future superstar.
The most recent outing for Brazil's Under-23s saw them defeat the United States 3-0 in October, with 20-year-old Talisca, an emerging star at Benfica and already linked with Europe's biggest clubs, involved in that match.
"It'll be a great experience," he said.
(I'm) looking forward to this week's game and then I'll concentrate on that after," he added, referring to Victory's match away to the Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
The youngster was outstanding in Victory's 2-0 win at home to Wellington Phoenix on Monday and is a certain starter for the game on the newly relaid turf of Hunter Stadium this weekend.
Given his importance to the first team, losing Galloway, along with Jason Geria and Connor Pain, to the Olyroos will present a major challenge to Victory coach Kevin Muscat later this month, when international commitments will also take Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand), Daniel Georgievski (Macedonia) and Socceroo Mark Milligan away from the club.
Nevertheless, Galloway believes the side can cope with so many absentees, citing their win over the Phoenix as proof, having overcome Ernie Merrick's team despite missing a host of regulars through injury and suspension.
"It is tough, especially with a club like Victory," he said of the impact national team departures have on Hyundai A-League clubs.
"We have so many internationals. That's a credit to the club, to have so many good young players and senior players coming through. It definitely takes its toll, but (with) our depth in the squad, we can make do with what we've got when they're away, we showed that on the weekend."
'He’s got something that a lot of youngsters don’t have': Arnold on Arzani
Celtic is the ideal destination for Daniel Arzani to continue his development, says Caltex Socceroos boss Graham Arnold. The 19-year-old sealed his two-year loan move from Manchester City to the Scottish champions last Friday. It's a huge step for the Iranian-born attacker,
Aussies Abroad: Irvine's brilliant brace for Hull City
Jackson Irvine had only scored two goals in 40 appearances for Hull City before this mornings 3-2 win over Rotherham United. But the Caltex Socceroos’ midfielder blew that record out of the water with a brilliant double in 47 minutes as he inspired the Tigers to their first wi
New dawn, new goal-scoring style says Arnold
Australia coach Graham Arnold has declared his Caltex Socceroos side will look to develop a new style in order to score more goals ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. It’s something of a new dawn for international football in Australia, with the FIFA World Cup™ in the rear-view m
Caltex Socceroos to face Korea Republic in Brisbane in November
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council today announced that the Caltex Socceroos will host Korea Republic in an international friendly match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, 17 November 2018. FFA CEO David Gallop was