HIBERNIAN winger Martin Boyle is set to be a bolter in new coach Graham Arnold’s first Soccerooos squad to play Kuwait in the international break when it’s announced on Friday.
That’s the scoop according to Fox Football expert Daniel Garb, who broke the news on Fox Sports News 500 on Thursday afternoon about the call-up for the speedy flanker.
Boyle was born in Scotland but is eligible for the Socceroos due to an Australian-born father.
The Socceroos will meet up for a short training camp in the United Arab Emirates during the international window before playing Kuwait on October 15 in Kuwait City.
If Boyle impresses, he then would be in line for further internationals against South Korea in Brisbane and Lebanon in Sydney next month as Australia prepare their defence of the AFC Asian Cup, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates in the new year.
Arnold said the challenge of Kuwait should prove a fitting test for Australia to build upon their new style of play.
“During our recent training camp in Turkey we worked hard to add attacking layers to the strong defensive base the Socceroos had at this year’s (FIFA) World Cup,” Arnold said.
“The fresh faces in camp did exceptionally well, they added a lot of energy to the training sessions and plenty of enthusiasm.
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“Next month’s camp in the UAE, which will conclude with our friendly against Kuwait, will provide us with the chance to develop our play further and put our new style into a game situation.
“The players understand what we need to achieve and it was valuable to have the time with them in Turkey, without the pressure of a game, so I am confident that we will take further strides forward during the October window,” he said.