Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine deserves his first Socceroos call-up in almost two years according to his club boss.
Irvine was selected for the first time in an Ange Postecoglou senior Australia squad this week for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.
The 22-year-old has one Socceroos cap to his name, coming back almost two years ago in October 2013 against Canada under previous boss Holger Osieck.
Irvine has since enjoyed two solid seasons of Scottish Premier League football on loan at Kilmarnock and then Ross County where he penned a permanent deal from Celtic last month.
County boss Jim McIntyre told the Scottish Press and Journal that the Melbourne-born talent fully deserved his recall.
“We’re delighted for Jackson and he deserves it,” McIntyre said. “He’s picked up where he left off.
“There’s still more to come from him. We’re really pleased and that should give him all the confidence he needs – even though he’s already a confident boy.
“The one thing we’d said in the process was to come and stay at a club for a couple of years and get 100 games under the belt, and not only could he get a move on from that but he would get into the national side.
“He deserves all the credit because he’s put the hard work in. He’s a conscientious professional who works hard, so he deserves what he gets.”
Irvine, who is also part of the Olyroos’ set-up aiming to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has played all four of County’s SPL fixture this term.
County are in action on Saturday night (midnight AEST) away to Irvine’s former club Kilmarnock.
Huge honour and surprise to be called up to the @Socceroos thank you for the messages.
— Jackson Irvine (@jirvine36) August 20, 2015