After scoring two goals for the Socceroos against Lebanon, Scottish-born Martin Boyle has revealed how his emotions have got the better of him.
A month ago most Australian supporters would’ve been oblivious to the talent of Hibernian star Martin Boyle.
But after two eye catching performances against Korea and Lebanon that showcased his trickery, dribbling and speed, Socceroos fans are in no doubt that the 25-year-old is a major find ahead of January’s Asian Cup.
Born in Scotland to an Australian father, the winger has been tearing up the Scottish Premier League with four goals in the first nine rounds including a strike against Celtic.
After coming on as a substitute against Korea Republic, Boyle's starting debut thrilled the 32,000 plus crowd at Sydney’s ANZ stadium with two goals and an assist against Lebanon.
The winger admitted that his involvement with the Socceroos over the past week still had him in dreamland.
“It’s not really sunk in yet,” he said. “It probably will on the flight home and it will all just come flooding back. I’m extremely proud to represent this country, the boys have been fantastic with me.
“The coaching staff and everyone behind the scenes and my family back home are very supportive. My emotions are flying at the moment, my phone has blown up and my fiancé told me she is flooded with tears she is so proud.
"I’ve also got a nine week old baby daughter and she is proud as well, she fell asleep in the second half.”
Boyle said transitioning to international football was helped by the style of play implemented by Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold.
“It felt natural,” he said. “He just said to go out there and do your best and do what you normally do.
“Don’t try to do anything spectacular or anything like that, just play your normal game and that’s what I did.
“I just tried and played my own game like I do at my club. A lot of credit goes to Arnie if he didn’t head over to Edinburgh, I wouldn’t have been here. I’m forever grateful for everything he’s done for me.
“I’m out here to do a job to represent the country and I’ll give 110% every time I step on that field”.
The Socceroos' 3-0 win over Lebanon also featured record breaking goal scorer Tim Cahill’s final match for Australia with the veteran striker retiring from international football after playing his 108th game.
Boyle revealed that the 38-year-old welcomed him into the Socceroos fold by presenting him with his Socceroos jersey.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better shirt presentation; the man is a legend,” he said. “He’s been there, he’s done it all. Last night’s game wasn’t about anyone else but him.
“Obviously the team performance topped it off and giving him the best send-off possible. He deserves it and we are thankful for what he’s done.
“Even the few days that I’ve met with him and trained with him, he’s been spectacular with me and I’ll always be grateful.”