Socceroos’ Arzani is confident not cocky

27/09/2019 Posted by admin

Daniel Arzani has wasted no time in making his presence known with the Socceroos.Daniel Arzani admits the older Socceroos have been quick to take him down a peg since his arrival in the national team setup.
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But there’s been plenty too that have an eye out for the 19-year-old, on the cusp of a first start at the World Cup.

“You come in as a young player and you get a couple of older boys that have heard some things about you,” he said.

“They’ve given me the tough love when I need it but when I’ve needed it they’ve also put their hand around me and helped me out.”

It seems everyone is now finding out about Daniel Arzani. The teenager has enjoyed a meteoric run from anonymity to stardom.

In January, Arzani hadn’t even made an A-League start.

Protective club Melbourne City did everything they could to hold the youngster back before finally unleashing him on the domestic season, where he ran rings around opponent after opponent, winning the league’s young player of the season award.

Eventually the Socceroos relented to his footwork and eye for goal, calling him up for the pre-World Cup training group, where he survived the cut to make the final squad.

But does anyone know the real Daniel Arzani?

One rite of passage – his Socceroos induction song – shows that maybe he isn’t as bold as his confident persona suggests.

“I was thinking about doing something out there for the boys,” he told AAP.

“You remember ‘Man’s Not Hot?’ I was going to do that but Timmy (Cahill) told me not to. He said ‘don’t make a fool of yourself’ and I was like, ‘alright’.

“So I sang Wonderwall by Oasis. Very standard. An easy one to sing, and Melbourne City-inspired.

“I went a bit more basic.

“I was hoping people would start singing from about 20 seconds in so I wouldn’t have to do it myself but they gave me absolutely nothing.”

Being deferential is one thing. Having expectations is another.

Arzani is willing to let more established Socceroos rule the roost in camp but he’s not about to set limits on what he and the team can achieve in Russia.

“A lot of people have a lot of expectations of me,” he said.

“No one’s expectations of me will ever be as high as my own.

“I’m confident … this is what I’ve wanted to do for so long.

“Some people think that’s me being cocky but I’m just happy being me.”

Australian Associated Press

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