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Graham Arnold Motivates Harry Souttar To Use Roos As Audition For Club


Star defender Harry Souttar has been asked by Socceroos coach Graham Arnold to utilize his international performances to highlight what club-side Leicester City is lacking.

After dominating at the World Cup the previous year, Souttar secured a dream transfer to the then-Premier League team, where he played 12 games.

But since the defender’s January transfer to the Premier League, Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester, was fired, the Foxes were demoted to the Championship, and Souttar has lost favor.

The 24-year-old was linked to a loan move that didn’t happen and hasn’t played a minute in Leicester’s first five games of the new campaign.

The tall defender will get the start against Mexico on Sunday (AEST) at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium.

My message to him is simple and that is, ‘This is your stage. This is your opportunity to show your coach at Leicester and ask the question why you’re not playing and show the fans how good you really are’,” Arnold said.

“He’s got to use that as motivation to go out there tomorrow and show everyone that’s watching this game who Harry Souttar is. Everyone will remember him from the World Cup.

“There’s absolutely zero doubt in Harry’s mind where he’s at and he’s got that great mentality that he wants to show the world what he can do.”

Ipswich Town defender Cam Burgess, making his Socceroos debut, will be Souttar’s new defensive partner in the center, and Kye Rowles will move to left-back.

“I was very impressed with him when I went across to the UK (and watched) Ipswich against QPR,” Arnold said of Burgess.

“Fantastic guy and he’s making his debut at the age of 27 so he’s mature and he has had these type of experiences … at club level. 

“With Harry Souttar next to him we’ve probably got the two tallest centre-backs in Asia by far, because Cam’s (194cm) and both of them are very mobile. So it’s an exciting time.”

Alessandro Circati, a young defender for Parma, has “fit in perfectly” and may make his starting debut as a substitute.

It’s for him to get to learn what national team football is,” Arnold said. 

“He hasn’t played really any junior national team football, he’s come straight in with us – but also the environment that we create (is important) and what the expectations are for us.

“But he’s a very, very mature 19-year-old. I’ve been super-impressed with him and there’s a good chance he will get some minutes tomorrow.”

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