Henrique: I'd love to play for Australia
The Brazil-born attacker has returned from a long-term knee injury with two goals in two games for Roar, extending his record of 10 strikes in his last 18 games.
Henrique’s uncanny ability to pinch-hit off the bench lead to calls from ex-Socceroos John Kosmina and Mark Bosnich for him to be called up for Australia.
And the slippery fish says he would ne honoured.
“I’d love to play for the Socceroos,” Henrique told FourFourTwo.
“At the moment it’s a bit of talk in the paper and the media.
“Nobody has asked me anything. I’ve never received a call from the FFA, but I’d love to play for the Socceroos.”
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou knows 30-year-old Henrique well, having managed him during his time at Brisbane from 2009 to 2012.
“I’m working hard and I will be even more now,” Henrique said.
“I know Ange very well. He knows me as well. He knows what I’m capable of.
“If he thinks I’ll add something to the squad, then why not? I’m very keen to do that.”
Henrique was naturalised last month, having resided in Brisbane since 2009 with his Brazilian wife of 12 years and their two Australia-born children.
“It’s something that I really wanted since I came to Australia,” he said.
“What happens from now on is just up to me. I’ll be working hard.
“People who know me very well, know I’ll never backstab. I always go forward. I’ll wait to see what the future holds for me.”