Sydney-born England youth international Brad Smith has erased any doubt about his allegiance to Australia and says he’s “over the moon” with his Socceroos call-up.
The pacey wing-back represented England at Under-20 level as recently as May, but last week was named in Australia coach Ange Postecoglou’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia.
Smith, who is on a season-long loan at Swindon Town from Liverpool, was born in Penrith and grew up in Sydney before moving to England as a 14-year-old.
The highly-rated 20-year-old said he was now committed to the country of his birth.
“I didn’t really expect it and got the call-up and I’m over the moon really,” Smith told the Swindon Advertiser.
”My family and all my friends are very proud.
“Obviously, I thank everyone with England and all the staff through the youth levels at England.
“I just decided to play for my home-grown country, where I was born, as a full international.
“I was born there and I moved over here when I was 14 for family reasons. I started playing football over here and went from there really.”
Smith, who has made one first-team appearance for Liverpool, has played four times for Swindon already this term.
“What I’ve come out here to do is get games under my belt,” Smith said.
“Swindon play very, very good football, it’s similar to Liverpool in the style that they play, so it’s good for me just to get game time.”
Swindon are in action on Wednesday morning (AEST) at home to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Capital One Cup.comments