James Jeggo has opened up about the international tug of war that saw him choose representing Australia over his birthplace Austria.
Jeggo was born in Vienna, Austria, to English parents. He then moved to Australia as a child and was raised in Melbourne.
The midfielder was linked to potentially playing for the European nation before he debuted for the Socceroos last year against Lebanon.
But Jeggo, who plays his club football for Austria Wien, says his heart was always with the green and gold.
"Yeah with being born in Austria and playing my football there, there was a little bit of chat in the media and my old coach [Franco Foda] got the national team job," he admitted.
"But I was always fairly sort of certain I wanted to play for Australia. It's always been a dream of mine since I moved over there as a young kid. That was the only way I saw my international career heading.
"It's always a massive honour when you get called up and you're constantly trying to cement yourself and stay in the squad - that's what it's all about."
Jeggo joined Austria Wien last season after departing local rivals Sturm Graz.
The 27-year-old has been playing more as a holding midfielder and has revealed he could feature in that position for the national team against Korea.
The Socceroos' formation may be altered from the 4-3-3 formation Graham Arnold's men used in the Asian Cup.
"Potentially there could be a bit of a tweak from how things were done at the Asian Cup," Jeggo said.
"Korea have a certain way of playing and, as it often is in football these days, tactically there is a real battle in how can get the better of the other team. There's a few tactical tweaks in there but the general idea of how we want to play and what we want to do is the same.
"Especially for a midfielder, it's a really enjoyable system to play, you get on the ball a lot. In Austria I play a lot more deeper and my game's probably changed a little bit, I sit in front of the back four more. That's potentially something I could play on Friday night."