A third-generation Socceroo, a midfielder training with the likes of Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City and a teenager from the Eastern Suburbs of Maroubra may seem like three different players; however, they are just one.
His name is Alexander Robertson.
Snatched up by Australia in a four-way battle with England, Scotland and Peru, Robertson has officially committed his allegiance to Australia and is being touted as the future of the Australian Socceroos.
With his commitment, Robertson admitted to the one primary goal he will be focusing on.
“Obviously, (we’ve) got to reach for the stars and win the World Cup,” he said post-match after his Socceroos debut.
“You’ve seen what they’ve just done at the last one and for the next few years building up to it. I think we can do some really big things in the future.”
“I mean, why not say it? Let’s try and win the World Cup. It’s a really good team; everyone’s together, the chemistry is really good, and I think we can achieve many things with this team and this group of boys.”
After surprisingly making it out of the group stages against France, Denmark and Tunisia, the Aussies nearly pulled off the upset of the World Cup. Narrowly losing to eventual winners Argentina, the performance showed how far they have come from 2006- the last time they made the Round of 16.
The statement from Robertson comes less than six months after he signed a three-year contract extension with Manchester City, who are poised to win the English Premier League again.
As a new generation of players, including Robertson, evolve into the national team; fans can expect big things in the 2026 World Cup and beyond.
By this time, many believe Australia will put together one of their best squads of all time. Even better than the 2006 World Cup squad that included legends Tim Cahill, Lucas Neill, Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell.
Robertson is the son of Mark and the grandson of Alex, both of whom represented Australia. Mark Robertson played one game for Australia in 2001 after a healthy career abroad and in the A-League in his later years.
Burnley (England), Swindon Town (England), Dundee (Scotland) and Sydney FC (Australia) are just four professional football clubs he played with in his career lasting from 1994-2009. While his grandfather Alex represented Australia in 1984.
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Known for his great pedigree, Robertson has been highly rated and has developed into a well-rounded midfielder. His style of play involves him in the attack but consistently challenges the opposition in defence.
While many have only managed to watch him play in friendly games against Ecuador, the 20-year-old signed with Manchester United in 2017 before moving across to their rivals City in 2021.
The young prodigy has also earnt praise from fellow Socceroo teammate Mitchell Duke. Currently, with Machida Zelvia in the Japanese second division, Duke has appeared for the Socceroos 25 times, debuting in 2013.
“He’s good, and he showed he gets amongst it – he’s not scared to get physical,” Duke said on Robertson.
“That’s what we need. That’s part of our DNA. And that’s what we want moving forward with these young ones.”
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