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Neil Lennon believes Martin Boyle deserves Australia call-up

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Hibernian boss Neil Lennon believes winger Martin Boyle deserves an international call-up with Australia and the exposure would help him develop into a better footballer. The 25-year-old has only represented Scotland at the under-16 level but he has the qualification to represent the Socceroos with his father hailing from Sydney.

Speaking in a press conference, Lennon revealed that Socceroos coach Graham Arnold had a close watch on the attacker during the recent league game against Kilmarnock and hinted that he could receive a maiden call-up for the international friendly against Kuwait next month, he said: “An Australia call-up would be thoroughly merited for Martin.

“We had Graham Arnold here last week checking up on Milly and Jamie then he came to the game against Kilmarnock. Unfortunately Martin only lasted 45 minutes but Graham saw plenty of footage of him while he was here. He is a player that is of interest to Australia and I think that would appeal to Martin. International football would be great for his experience, to play at international level, especially for a country like Australia.”

Meanwhile, “Lennon revealed that Scotland had also previously expressed an interest in Boyle“before the summer trip to the Americas but unfortunately, he could not come into contention after he sustained a hamstring injury. Australia are presently entering into a major transitional phase with several seniors including
“Mark Milligan and Mile Jedinak“
having entered the final years of their professional careers and there appears a keen emphasis on offering opportunities to younger prospects.

Among those, Daniel Arzani has been earmarked as one who could make a huge mark with the nation in the future and it will be interesting to see how the teenager progresses in the coming years after making the switch to Europe. The 19-year-old recently made the move to Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City before sealing a two-year loan with Scottish champions Celtic.