Hull City defender Callum Elder will join an extended Socceroos squad ahead of four 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Kuwait.
Sydney-born Elder was named in the League One Team of the Season as Hull gained promotion to the Championship as champions.
Elder provided 10 assists and a goal from left-back this season and his performances haven’t unnoticed.
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented Socceroos coach Graham Arnold from handing the 26-year-old his first national cap.
But Elder could get his chance on the international stage with Australia scheduled to play Kuwait, Chinese Taipei, Nepal and Jordan in June.
“Callum is on the list. He’s done exceptionally well,” Arnold told 1170 SEN’s The Global Game.
“When I watch him play at Hull City, he’s very calm, he’s a very good player.
“He’s one that before COVID I would have given a chance ages ago, and that’s the thing about me taking an extended squad to Kuwait.
“Because there’s some younger kids that I need knocking on the door and to push some of the older players, and players that I want to see up close and in the group.
“We’re taking that extended squad with one eye on the third round.”
Arnold's squad will start arriving in Kuwait from May 23 as they look to advance through to the third phase of Asian qualifying.
Australia’s last World Cup qualifier was a 1-0 win over Jordan in November, 2019.
The Socceroos are currently top of Group B with four wins from four with a +15 goal difference.