Burns eager to take Socceroos chance

Socceroos attacker Nathan Burns hopes he can take his opportunity to prove himself at international level.

Burns, 27, enjoyed a standout A-League season with the Wellington Phoenix – winning the Johnny Warren Medal.

He is yet to score a goal for Australia in 12 appearances, but is confident he is now prepared to showcase his best in the green and gold.

"I think when I came in previously I was a lot younger and I probably wasn't ready," Burns told FFA TV.

"It was more the coach giving an experience to young players like Ange [Postecoglou] is doing now.

"Now I'm a bit more of a senior player, I have more of a claim to have a starting role and a position to play in this team.

"If you're picked in this team, you have a part to play so this year I've just got to make sure when my name gets called I step on the pitch and play my part and I think that's what all the players have to do."

As for his run without a goal, Burns hopes that changes in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan.

"It's something that I'd love to add to my resume, to score a Socceroos goal," he said.

"I'm sure if I keep playing the way I'm playing the chances will come and it's one thing I've always thought of – scoring a goal for the Socceroos

"I've had some tough games the last three starts so hopefully this one will be a little bit easier."