17/04/2024

Martin Boyle has been in terrific form recently (Image: Socceroos)

Ahead of the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, Martin Boyle is in terrific form for both club and country.

On Friday morning, Martin Boyle and the Socceroos will kick off their final round campaign for the 2022 World Cup against China before facing Vietnam the following Tuesday.

Boyle comes into the international break in career-best form, netting not only for the Socceroo’s against Nepal in June but also in each of Hibernian’s four matches in the Scottish Premiership this season.

Speaking to the media from Socceroos camp, Boyle feels like everything is coming together for him as he builds towards another set of World Cup qualification games.

“Everything’s starting to click into place for myself, I think me starting to get consistently, goals and assists, which is great, it’s something that I’ve been looking to add to my game for such a long time.

“I’m in a real good place at the moment, we’ve [Hibernian] started off the season really well.”

Martin Boyle is proud to represent Australia (Image: Socceroos)

Representing Scotland at a junior level, Boyle switched his allegiance to the green and gold in 2018. Boyle’s father being born in Sydney made him eligible for Socceroo’s selection and he’s thrilled to represent Australia.

“It means everything, from where I came from I never thought I’d be here, potential World Cup’s and being selected for the Socceroo’s, it’s a real honour and privilege to be here.

“Every time I’m selected, I’ve got a smile on my face, my family is really proud, and I come here and I really enjoy it, I’ve not been here a long time, I’ve been in and out with injuries.”

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Heading into the games against China and Vietnam, Boyle says he and the squad are “chomping at the bit to get out there.”

“Every game’s a tough game, it’s all about how we show up on the night, there’s no doubt that the expectation level is high, this squad that’s been selected is really great.

“There’s not been a lot of time but we’ve been preparing at our clubs and I’m sure these next few days we’ll be reconnecting, getting the family back together, and the hard work starts today on the training pitch.”

Boyle named Ajdin Hrustic as one for Australian fans to keep an eye on these fixtures.

“In his last camp, he was brilliant, he’s got a great left foot, he’s a real talent, he can take ball anywhere on the pitch, he’s got a crackin’ free kick, he’s definitely one who stands out.  

“We also got (Awer) Mabil, he’s got his nice silky feet, he’s a quick player, I admire pros like that who run at people, I think us wingers must stick together on that front.”

At only 28 years of age and has still has at least two seasons left with Hibernain, but Boyle is open to the idea of playing in the A-League someday.

“I think that’s always been part of my plan, I’d really like to experience playing out over there (in Australia), so hopefully one day I can come and represent one of the clubs out there.”

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