Ange flags Glory teen as potential Asian Cup bolter

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou says he’s had his eye on promising Perth Glory teenager Daniel De Silva for some time and insists he is a genuine chance to make the final Asian Cup squad.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who will join Italian heavyweights AS Roma next season, has begun to deliver on his promise as a regular for Glory this term, scoring twice in all competitions.

“Daniel is one I’ve had an eye on,” Postecoglou said after naming the teenager in his provisional 46-man Asian Cup squad.

“I think he’s one we wanted to give an opportunity to at some time. The good thing now is he’s playing regularly.

“He’s still only 17 and is playing regularly for Perth Glory which is great.”

Postecoglou said De Silva came to his attention playing under-age football, particularly at last year’s FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey where he scored a goal against Colombia.

“I think he had an outstanding Under-20 World Cup as the youngest player there,” Postecoglou said.

“International football, even at under-age level, is a good indicator of a player’s ability.”

De Silva was one of four uncapped players named in the squad, alongside club teammate Josh Risdon, Borussia Dortmund’s Mustafa Amini and Brisbane Roar’s Luke Brattan.

“For him it’s encouragement to hopefully take his game to another level,” he said.

“He’s being watched, he’s a chance for the Asian Cup and beyond that.

“I wanted to make sure that there’s at least three or four who have been on our radar and now we’ve put that in the public domain.”