Young guns eager to fire for Socceroos
Having struck a rich vein of goal-scoring form in Germany, young gun Matthew Leckie hopes to get the chance to repeat the dose for the Socceroos.
Leckie (22), Nikita Rukavytsya (26) and Dario Vidosic (26) were among the fresh faces included in Holger Osieck's squad for next month's friendlies against France and Canada.
Leckie has made an explosive start to his second campaign with second-tier German club FSV Frankfurt - highlighted by a two-goal return at the weekend.
"It's important for any player to have a good start to the season, then it's momentum for the whole season," said Leckie, who sits equal second on the 2.Bundesliga scorers' table with four goals from seven games.
"You get the faith of the coach (Benno Mohlmann, who) sees me as an important player for the team.
"I'm very privileged to have that position at the moment but of course it's something that I have to continue.
"For the games that I've played (for Australia), I've only come off the bench both times in the last five minutes.
"To be honest, I haven't really been able to show myself or give anything to the team, so hopefully for the future, I can do that."
Rukavytsya recently joined Leckie in Frankfurt on a season-long loan from top-flight German club Mainz.
The former Perth Glory striker netted his breakthrough Socceroo goal against South Korea last November, but has been overlooked since February after falling out of favour with his former club.
Now back in form - capped by a goal off the bench for his new club at the weekend - Rukavytsya is aiming to cement his spot in Osieck's plans.
"We've just got to step up, because the older players cannot play forever," said Rukavytsya.
"I'm at the age where, I've already been involved with the national team and I've played in good leagues for good clubs, so I think it's not a question of if I'm ready or not.
"If the coach picks me, I'm always proud to represent Australia and will give 100 per cent to help the team."
Midfielder Vidosic, who left Adelaide United for Switzerland's top flight last month, has earned an international recall on the back of his flying start at FC Sion.
Vidosic was identified by Swiss newspaper Le Matin as Sion's player of the match against local powerhouse FC Basel at the weekend and is hoping such form will make him an automatic Socceroo selection moving forward.
"Every chance I get, I'll give everything," said Vidosic, who twice came off the bench for the Socceroos in June's World Cup qualification matches.
"I've got a lot of chances now to prove myself in Switzerland with FC Sion and then also at Socceroo camps to again show my qualities and what I can bring to the team."