Melbourne Heart FC defender Michael Marrone admits he’s surprised by his call up to the Qantas Socceroos for next week’s FIFA World Cup qualifier at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Heart FC defender Michael Marrone admits he-s surprised by his call up to the Qantas Socceroos for next week-s FIFA World Cup qualifier at AAMI Park.
The 25-year old was rewarded for his metronomic consistency with his first international call-up, completing a meteoric rise for the South Australian, who last year attracted interested from Italian Serie A side Cagliari.
With Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck demonstrating significant faith in the Hyundai A-League by selecting nine locally based players, Marrone affirmed his status as one of the competition-s leading lights.
Despite widely drawing plaudits for his performances over two seasons in Melbourne, sparking calls for the AIS graduate to be considered for national team selection, the modest former Adelaide United remains stunned at his somewhat sudden elevation to Australia-s elite.
“It's fantastic news, even if it is a bit of a surprise,'' Marrone said.
''I am delighted to get the chance to be part of what is a very strong-looking squad with a lot of very good and experienced players.”
Marrone-s selection caps off a remarkable fortnight, which also saw him re-sign with the Club until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season.
Described by Head Coach John van ‘t Schip as a “key cornerstone” for Heart moving forward, Marrone will continue to play a significant role as the side presses its claims for finals football.
However, for his part, Marrone is only focused on the remarkable seven-day period which lies tantalisingly ahead.
''It will be a brilliant week for me, to play against the Mariners and then join the Socceroos,” he said.
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