Ignored Georgievski has nothing to prove against Socceroos

Melbourne Victory’s Dan Georgievski says he’s got nothing to prove when Macedonia face the Socceroos next week despite claims he went "unnoticed" by Australia in his teens.

Georgievski, 27, was last week named in FYR Macedonia’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus, which is followed by the Socceroos friendly in Skopje.

The Sydney-born and raised defender, whose parents were born in Macedonia, has 20 caps with the Red Lions, having never represented Australia at youth level despite impressing as a teenager at Marconi Stallions alongside the likes of Bruce Djite, Iain Ramsay and Scott Jamieson.

“I wasn’t noticed,” Georgievski told FourFourTwo. “I never was in the eye of Australia or the AIS or any state teams.

“I was never in contention. I was captain for the best team in my generation at Marconi Stallions yet I was never noticed.

“I did it myself, when they noticed me, unfortunately it was too late.”

Georgievski was still with Marconi when he was first capped at youth level by Macedonia, impressing against Croatia enough to win a deal with one of their premier clubs Dinamo Zagreb.

The defender spent nine years in Europe at a variety of clubs, memorably taking on Chelsea with Steaua Bucharest in the UEFA Champions League, before returning to Australia with Victory last September.

Despite being overlooked as a youngster, Georgievski insisted he had nothing to prove when he gets the opportunity against the Socceroos.

“I don’t have to prove a point to nobody,” Georgievski said.

“I represent Macedonia. I’m Australia born and raised. I’ve got that Australian mindset in me but I play for Macedonia.

“I’ve got no grudge against Australia. I’ve got friends who play in the national team, I’m playing in that country, so I’m just excited about it.”

Georgievski didn’t want to look too far ahead, with Macedonia to face Belarus in an important qualifier before the Australia game, but found it hard to hide his enthusiasm for the contest.

He added: “In a nutshell, I’m pretty excited.

“Having been raised in this country, not being able to play for them, then playing for another country, to have that opportunity to play against them is definitely a big thing. It will be exciting.”

The call-up is Georgievski’s first since moving to the A-League and he insisted the switch clearly hadn’t hindered his national team prospects.

“The coach and president have kept following me, so for them to call me up is a sign they’re happy with what I’m doing here,” he said.

“It is a bit of a flight, but other than that it’s all about football.”

 While the national team wasn’t front of mind when Georgievski decided to move back to Australia, his call-up may boost Victory’s chances of retaining his services moving ahead, having only inked a one-year deal in September.

“We’ll see,” he said. “Obviously one day soon I’ll sit down with the club and we’ll see if they offer me a contract.

“If they don’t, we’ll come to an agreement or negotiate. My true focus is week-in week-out now.

“No one is speaking or thinking about next season just yet. I’m happy to be back in the squad after a long injury. I want to build good form into the finals.”

Meanwhile, Georgievski conceded Macedonia’s Euro 2016 qualification prospects weren’t great, grouped alongside Spain, Ukraine and Slovakia, but said they’d approach the upcoming games aiming to do their country proud.

He hinted coach Bosko Gjuroski, who took over in November 2013 and is trying to re-build the squad, may opt for defensive tactics in the upcoming matches.

Among the latest squad, Georgievski is the fifth most capped player, further evidence of Gjuroski’s re-building attempts.

Gjuroski previously coached former Socceroo Joshua Kennedy at Nagoya Grampus, where they won the 2010 J.League together.