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Sport Harry Souttar adds two goals to his Socceroos tally, as Scots-born defender makes his mark

05:15  16 october  2019
05:15  16 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Scotsman in line for Socceroos debut

  Scotsman in line for Socceroos debut Scottish defender Harry Souttar qualifies for Australia through his mother and could debut in a World Cup qualifier against Nepal on Thursday.Harry Souttar qualifies to play for Australia through his mother and could make his international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Group B minnows Nepal on Thursday.

Harry Souttar ( born 22 October 1998) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Fleetwood Town on loan from EFL Championship club Stoke City.

Harry Souttar marked his international debut with a brace and Jamie Maclaren notched a hat-trick as Australia settled for a 5-0 win over minnows Kiran Chemjong's failure to grasp a Craig Goodwin shot gifted Maclaren the sixth-minute opener and the striker quickly doubled his tally , heading home after

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Harry Souttar of the Socceroos celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 match between the Australian Socceroos and Nepal at GIO Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 10: Harry Souttar of the Socceroos celebrates scoring a goal with team mates during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 match between the Australian Socceroos and Nepal at GIO Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Harry Souttar must think international football is a piece of cake.

The tall Scottish-born centre-half has played five years of senior football, finding the net on just three occasions in that time.

In just one week as a senior international for the Socceroos, however, the 20-year-old Souttar has matched that tally, including a double in last night's 7-1 win over Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung.

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  Australia 5-0 Nepal: Maclaren hits hat-trick as Souttar scores twice on Socceroos debut Harry Souttar and Jamie Maclaren grabbed the goals for Australia in a routine victory over Nepal in Canberra.Born in Aberdeen, defender Souttar changed his allegiance to his mother's homeland earlier this year and enjoyed a first appearance to savour at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Harry Souttar crowned his Australia debut with a goal as the Socceroos defeated Nepal 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Canberra. Harry Souttar is joined by Jamie Maclaren, left, and Jackson Irvine after scoring on his Australia debut.

The Hull City midfielder added his second three minutes later when he headed home a teasing Mabil cross in the 36th minute Hrustic twice found the head of Souttar – who now has three goals from his first two Socceroos appearances – and he also set up Maclaren’s second -half strike as Australia

Australia has a perfect, three-from-three record in its opening World Cup qualifiers, including wins over other group opponents Kuwait and Nepal.

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The Scottish - born defender not only debuted for the Socceroos in Thursday's 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Nepal in Canberra, he marked the If he is credited with the double it means Souttar is already two international goals ahead of his brother John, who is yet to score in his three

The Socceroos' forwards have appeared in good nick, with Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and hat-trick man Jamie Maclaren all getting among the goals in Australia's opening games.

But it is the unlikely figure of Souttar that has captured much of the attention, perhaps since it's hard to hide when you're 198cm — or 6'6" in the old money.

The defender has caused problems for defences with his height when he pushes forward — usually, but not always, at set pieces.

"If you'd said to me before the trip this would happen I wouldn't believe you," Souttar said.

"So for me to come here and just be able to play is just amazing.

"To get the two wins and the goals, as a centre-half, is a little added bonus."

Before his brace against Chinese Taipei, Souttar scored twice against Nepal last week, both times using his head.

Sadly for the defender one of those goals was taken off him as it was ruled an own goal by Nepal's Dinesh Rajbanshi.

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  Maclaren proud of delivering on self-belief with Socceroos hat-trick After leading Australia to victory over Nepal in Canberra, Jamie Maclaren revelled in the "best feeling" he has experienced in football.The Melbourne City striker translated his club form to the international stage as he struck twice in the opening 19 minutes in Canberra to set the Socceroos on course for a second successive victory on the road to Qatar 2022.

Harry Souttar marked his international debut with a brace and Jamie Maclaren notched a hat-trick as Australia settled for a Born in Aberdeen, defender Souttar changed his allegiance to his mother's homeland earlier this year and enjoyed a first appearance to savour at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

A Scotland under-17 and under-19 representative, Souttar qualifies for the Socceroos through his Australian- born mother Heather. Souttar has notched just three senior goals at club level and says despite his intimidating size, delivering an attacking threat is something he knows he needs to improve.

"The Nepal one is being contested," he said.

"I've told the media guys to contest it because I still think it was my goal but obviously the two today were clear, there's no doubt.

"I'm absolutely delighted."

In purely height terms, he is similar to another Socceroos cult hero, Josh Kennedy (194cm or 6'4.5"), who also disrupted defences and scored plenty with his head.

Souttar's attacking style is fairly ungainly, although that doesn't seem to bother people — including the likes of former Socceroos star Ned Zelic —when he is banging them in with such regularity.

But does this mean the man from Aberdeen is Australia's new goalscoring saviour? Well, not really.

With no disrespect meant to Nepal and Chinese Taipei, one suspects better defences than theirs might have more success keeping Souttar under control.

Despite his goalscoring heroics, it's his defensive duties that Souttar is eager to improve before another qualifier against Jordan next month — especially as he builds his partnerships with international teammates such as Milos Degenek and Bailey Wright.

"The more you train, the more you play together, the more you get used to each other," he said. "It's obviously first time playing with them both.

"I think it went well. They're good communicators, they're leaders so I'm only going to learn off them two to benefit my career."

Coach Graham Arnold has been delighted with Souttar's start, and he clearly sees plenty of upside in the big man.

"Harry's just a great person and he's a very, very good player," Arnold said after the match.

"He's going to get better and better as we go.

"You've got to think that only a few months ago I saw him with the Olyroos and we brought him in the Olympic team and now he's already in the Socceroos and scoring goals.

"Set pieces can break open games and we're scoring goals off set pieces now where we weren't before and we're scoring goals off general play.

"Having Harry's size is great and he's already a hit back at home."

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