Socceroos win Burgess battle

Australia has won the battle against Scotland for promising young Fulham defender Cameron Burgess.

The 18-year-old was born in Scotland and has represented them in the youth ranks for the past year, but will now be tied down to Australia. 

Burgess was given a clearance this week by FIFA to officially switch allegiances.

The defender has started four out of five games for Fulham so far in this season's Championship.

Before joining Fulham in 2011, the youngster was an ECU Joondalup junior and Perth Glory youth player having moved to Western Australia from Scotland with his family at the age of 11.

Football Federation Australia confirmed the capture of Burgess on Saturday. 

“Cameron Burgess is a talented young footballer making positive moves in his football career and we’re delighted he has confirmed his desire to play for Australia,’’ an FFA spokesperson told the Herald Sun.

“He is a young player we have been watching and we will continue to do so knowing he is committed to the Socceroos.’’

Despite playing for Scotland, Burgess was also called up for a Young Socceroos camp earlier this year. 

Following his impressive performances at club level, the youngster may be a shout for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos in the not too distant future.