Inman eyes debut with Roo Crewe

Former Newcastle United midfielder Bradden Inman is after a Socceroos debut when Australia take on England in the north-east in late May.

The Socceroos and England are set to meet in a friendly, at either St James Park or the Stadium of Light.

For Adelaide-born attacker Inman, a return to his old stomping ground, where some of his family lives, with Australia would be a dream come true.

The 24-year old, who was born and raised in South Australia, has played for Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level but never for the green and gold in a senior international.

Inman was invited to an under-age national team camp in 2011, representing Australia in an under-23 match. Since then the playmaker has not had look in under Holger Osieck or Ange Postecoglou.

Currently Inman is in the form of his career with League One club Crewe Alexandra, having scored five goals in his past five league appearances.

The Modbury Jets junior has racked up eight goals and three assists in 30 appearances in all competitions this season. At the start of February Inman was named in the Football League’s Team of the Week.

“The team is on a roll,” he told FourFourTwo.

“I’m feeling good. I’m happy to be helping the team.”

Crewe have gone unbeaten in the past four games and Inman has been a key contributor with his goals and versatility, featuring on the right of midfield, up front and in the hole.

The Railwaymen are 22nd in League One but are battling to get out of the relegation zone.

Inman said confidence is running through the squad right now.

“I think there’s just more belief in the boys to be honest,” he said.

“We have good confidence at the moment.”

The Socceroos are likely to blood new players in the next few matches and playing for Australia in Newcastle would be a dream come true for Inman. The forward spent seven years at the Magpies and has family who live in the area.
Inman said he has not heard anything from the FFA about selection and is just focusing on his club form.

“A lot of family have told me about the England game,” he said.

“It would be something I’d like to play in.”