Alex Robertson: 'To be able to play for my home will be special'

Manchester City young gun Alex Robertson is one of the new fresh faces set to link up with the Socceroos next week

There will be some new faces in Graham Arnold's squad for the upcoming friendlies against Ecuador in Sydney and Melbourne. Namely, Alex Robertson, the Scottish born and Sydney raised midfielder who has been climbing the ranks at English Premier League giants Manchester City.

Football runs in the blood of the Robertson family with Alex's father, Mark, also a professional footballer while grandfather, Alex, also featured for Australia in his career.

Robertson's decision to commit to the Socceroos was quite straightforward for him however it is worth pointing out that he remains eligible to represent Scotland, England as well as Peru due to his mother's heritage.

"I came to the decision to play for the Socceroos for my future, for where I want to play, where I want to be in my career, and that's playing for the Socceroos," Robertson said.

"That's (Australia) my home, it's where I've got all my memories as a kid and for football. To be able to play for the Socceroos, to be able to play for my home will be special."

The upcoming friendlies against Ecuador will mark a special occasion for Robertson and his family as the 19-year-old looks set to follow in his father and grandfather's footsteps as he pulls on the green and gold.

"It's a third generation, I don't know many families that could say they've got three generations of people playing for the Socceroos or any national team."

"It's going to be great to make my family proud."

Robertson explained just what it will mean to him to don the Socceroos colours when the time comes.

"Putting on the jersey will mean a lot to me, and a lot to my family as well. Playing in a men's international game for the Socceroos is going to be special," he said.

"When Graham Arnold called me I had butterflies in my stomach after the phone call and during it, so I can only imagine what it's going to feel like putting on that shirt and playing in front of all the Australian fans - I can imagine it will be a great feeling."

Robertson has been training alongside some of the biggest names in world football (Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Robertson's rapid rise has not been nothing short of spectacular, with the creative midfielder currently training day in, day out with Pep Guardiola's side.

"I think my season at club level has been a shock to some people. The situation I was in before, and the situation I'm in now to keep moving forward.

I was injured, I was out not playing football for a while, and then to come back and do everything so quick. I've been on the bench for the first team a couple of times.

The manager (Guardiola) has given me faith to be on that bench along big names is massive."

Catch Robertson and the Subway Socceroos in action live and free on 10 Play next week as they host Ecuador at CommBank Stadium. Broadcast begins 1930, kick off 2005 AEDT.

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Name Current Club, Country ‘A’ Caps (Goals) Junior Club (Member Federation/Country)
Nathaniel ATKINSON Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 6 (0) Riverside Olympic FC / Football Tasmania
Keanu BACCUS St Mirren FC, Scotland 5 (0) Parklea FC / Football New South Wales
Aziz BEHICH Dundee United FC, Scotland 57 (2) Meadow Park SC / Football Victoria
Brandon BORRELLO Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia 4 (0) Modbury Jets SC / Football South Australia
Jordan BOS Melbourne City FC, Australia 0 Hoppers Crossing SC / Football Victoria
Jason CUMMINGS Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia 2 (1) Lothian Thistle Hutchinson Vale FC (Scotland)
Milos DEGENEK Columbus Crew, USA 42 (1) Blacktown City FC / Football New South Wales
Thomas DENG Albirex Niigata, Japan 2 (0) Adelaide Blue Eagles / Football South Australia
Cameron DEVLIN Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 1 (0) Sutherland Sharks FC / Football New South Wales
Mitchell DUKE Fagiano Okayama, Japan 25 (9) Liverpool Rangers SC / Football New South Wales
Joe GAUCI (Gk) Adelaide United FC, Australia 0 Cumberland United FC / Football South Australia
Craig GOODWIN Adelaide United FC, Australia 14 (3) Munro Para City FC / Football South Australia
Jackson IRVINE FC St. Pauli, Germany 53 (7) Ringwood City SC / Football Victoria
Garang KUOL Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 3 (0) Goulburn Valley Suns / Football Victoria
Awer MABIL AC Sparta Prague, Czechia 31 (8) Saint Augustines FC / Football South Australia
Riley MCGREE Middlesbrough FC, England 15 (1) Gawler Eagles FC / Football South Australia
Connor METCALFE FC St. Pauli, Germany 5 (0) South Cardiff FC / Northern NSW Football
Aaron MOOY Celtic FC, Scotland 57 (7) Carlingford Redbacks FC / Football New South Wales
Aiden O’NEILL Melbourne City FC, Australia 0 University of Queensland Football Club (Formerly Kenmore FC) / Football Queensland
Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk) Sydney FC, Australia 4 (0) Gosford City Dragons FC / Football New South Wales
Alexander ROBERTSON Manchester City FC, England 0 Pagewood Botany FC / Football New South Wales
Kye ROWLES Heart of Midlothian FC, Scotland 7 (0) Palm Beach SC / Football Queensland
Mathew RYAN (Gk) (Cpt) FC Copenhagen, Denmark 79 (0) Blacktown City FC / Football New South Wales
Harry SOUTTAR Leicester City FC, England 14 (6) Brechin City Boys Club (Scotland)
Marco TILIO Melbourne City FC, Australia 5 (0) APIA Leichhardt FC & Sydney Olympic FC / Football New South Wales
Bailey WRIGHT Rotherham United FC, England 28 (2) Langwarrin SC / Football Victoria
Train-On Player Nestory IRANKUNDA Adelaide United FC, Australia 0 Adelaide Croatia Raiders SC / Football South Australia


 Match Day OneDate: Friday, 24 March 2023 Venue: CommBank Stadium, Sydney

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Broadcast: Live on 10 in Sydney and Melbourne, 10 Bold in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth, and on 10 Play and Paramount+.

Match Day TwoDate: Tuesday, 28 March 2023 Venue: Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

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