Dortmund's Aussie teen only has eyes for Socceroos

Macedonia have approached him several times, but Borussia Dortmund’s Australian starlet, Jamie Gorgovski, says his dream is to play for the Socceroos.

The Bankstown-born 16-year-old wasn’t part of Tony Vidmar’s entirely domestic-based Joeys squad for the AFC Championship qualifiers in Vietnam earlier this month, having moved to Germany at the start of the year.

Gorgovski, who has Macedonian and German heritage, and his family all moved to Germany after their father landed a job in the Ruhr.

The left-sided midfielder, who can also play as a striker, impressed during a trial in January and quickly joined Dortmund on a three-year youth contract.

More recently he has been approached by the Football Federation of Macedonia to play for their Under-17’s side.

“I want to play for the Socceroos,” Gorgovski told FourFourTwo. “That’s my goal because I’m Australian.”

Earlier this month Australian-raised pair Nikola Kuleski and Phil Petreski played for Macedonia against the Olyroos.

“Because of my heritage the Macedonian national team have asked me a couple of times and tried to get me involved but I’d prefer to play for Australia,” he said.

“I’m focused just on my football here. If I had a chance to play for Australia, I definitely would.”

Gorgovski’s non-selection at Joeys’ level is a surprise, with some observers saying it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind, but the player isn’t concerned.

“I’m not too sure how it all works,” he said.

“I just play football and let my football do the talking.”

Gorgovski has been a regular for the club’s Under-17s this term, under former Dortmund player Benjamin Hoffmann.

The youngster said he had learnt plenty from his time so far at the Westfalenstadion, as the coaches refine his all-round game.

“When I was younger I was a very technical player – I like to score,” he said.

“Since I’ve come to Dortmund they’ve worked on my physical attributes to help me play the German game and have a more killer instinct, to play at a faster and higher tempo.

“They’ve taken my technique and helped me play and understand the game at a higher paced level.”

He added: “We also get to train right next to the first team players. It’s good inspiration.”

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Real talent. Hope he continues his development. Vidmar take note