Borussia Dortmund teenager Jamie Gorgovski has confirmed that he intends to represent Australia at senior level rather than Macedonia.
Gorgovski, 16, debuted for Macedonia U-17 side last month, but he has turned down the chance to become the fourth Australian to play for Macedonia, the land of his origin.
“I want to play for for Australia, it’s the country of my birth,” the Sydney-born young playmaker told SBS.
“I am grateful for the opportunity I have been offered by Macedonia but I’ve turned it down because I would far rather represent Australia, if the chance comes my way.
“The Macedonia FA has been talking to my father for a while now, but I personally would love to one day play for the Socceroos. That’s my goal,” he added.
“Hopefully, I will get a call up at some stage. I have always admired players like Mark Viduka and Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell.”
Gorgovski, who signed a three-year deal with the German Bundesliga club in March, is already a regular in Dortmund U-17 squad, where has been bowled over by the warm reception.
“I’ve got to train next to the first team and some of them come over and say hello and talk to you,” he said.
“It’s pretty cool when you get to see Reus take free-kicks and sometimes the first team players come and watch our games also.
“When I arrived Mitch (Langerak) and Musti (Mustafa Amini) were both there. Musti was playing in the same complex as me and we saw a lot of each other and spoke every day.”