Former A-League prodigy Martin Lo has switched his international allegiances from Australia and been selected for Vietnam's Under-23 national team.
Lo came through the academy of Western Sydney Wanderers and was once considered by many as a future A-League star.
The Sydneysider represented Australia at Under-13 level, played for the Wanderers National Youth League side and came through Westfield Sports High School's football program - the same school attended by the likes of Harry Kewell, Aaron Mooy and Maty Ryan.
The midfielder trained with Western Sydney's first-team at the age of 16 and signed a first-team contract in 2014. But he never made an A-League appearance and left the club to join Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC in 2016.
After several seasons with Bonnyrigg he signed for Pho Hien FC in the Vietnam second division.
Now impressing in the V.League 2, Lo has been named in the Vietnam Under-23 team ahead of their friendly against Myanmar on Friday.
The Australian-born 22-year-old has said his goal is to represent Vietnam at senior level.
"I am very excited and proud of Vietnamese national teams," Lo told vtc.vn. "They are more and more progressed. For me, seeing Vietnamese succeed is my happiness.
"It proves that Vietnamese can play football well. I think in Vietnam, people are more enthusiastic about football than other countries.
"They are proud of Vietnam national teams’ results in international events. In Australia, it is hard to be like that because residents are from many different countries.
"Not everyone who likes football supports Australia so it is hard to have the large number of fans like Vietnam."
Lo has been impressed by the quality of football in the V.League 1.
"The V.League 1’s quality is higher than I thought," he said. "I was surprised with its quality. I can say that in Vietnam people are doing football well.
"I think there are players coming to Vietnam and they think that they are good enough to succeed. This attitude doesn’t help them.
"I think they must to come to Vietnam to learn about Vietnam first as football and life here is very different."