Meredith motivated by Socceroos 'spark'

James Meredith says his Socceroos call up has "ignited a spark" as he continues to chase his international dream.

The defender returned to Bradford City after his 2018 World Cup qualifier against Jordan extra-motivated to perform for club and country.

Meredith’s consistency for the League One club earned him a place in Ange Postecoglou’s side that fell 2-0 to the Arab kingdom in Amman earlier this month.

Despite being an unused substitute in the qualifier, the uncapped 27-year-old told the Telegraph & Argus he was keen to maintain the momentum ahead of Australia’s match against Kyrgyzstan in Canberra on November 12.

“I’m going to do my best at club level and try to put in those performances to get selected again because that would be a fantastic thing,” the leftback said.

“I don’t get home that often and I’m sure my family would come up, whether I’m playing or not, to see me and say hello.

“That would be fantastic. It already feels like a dream come true just being a part of it.

“To be part of it again in Australia would be even better and I’ll do everything I can to make that happen.

“It’s ignited a bit of a spark for me. It’s given me extra motivation and made me hungrier to carry on achieving things at club level and with the national team.”

Australia sit four points behind Jordan in Group B with a game in hand. Nations topping the groups automatically qualify for the next round.