Oliver Bozanic has not played for Australia for more than four years but has set his sights on winning a return to the Socceroo set-up.
Bozanic, who made his international debut against Canada in 2013, earned the last of his seven caps against Macedonia in March 2015.
The midfielder, who appeared against both the Netherlands and Spain in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, joined Heart of Midlothian in Scotland last June after leaving Melbourne City.
The 30-year-old has been solid in Edinburgh this season, making 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and notching one assist.
But breaking back into the national team remains a clear goal for Bozanic.
“It’s still a target of mine, I’ll obviously never give up on that dream,” he told FTBL.
“It’s been a while but I feel like I’ve been doing really well over here and hopefully that doesn’t go unrecognised and I have an opportunity.”
Bozanic is very familiar with Australia coach Graham Arnold after playing under him for three seasons at the Central Coast Mariners.
In that period the midfielder and Arnold won an A-League premiership and then the Grand Final in 2013.
“We had really good success at Central Coast Mariners and then we both went our separate ways,” the former Luzern and Melbourne Victory attacker said.
“I went over to Switzerland after that, so yeah we’ve had a lot of experience working together as well. I’d love to be back involved in that set-up.”
Hearts are currently sitting in sixth place in the Scottish Premiership, eight points below the European places.
Bozanic, who has featured in central midfield, on the left and also as a number 10 for the club this season, has enjoyed his maiden campaign with the Jam Tarts.
He is one of three Aussies at the club along with defender Ben Garuccio and midfielder Ryan Edwards
“It’s been really good,” Bozanic said.
“We had a really good start to the season and now we’re coming to the back end of the season now. We’re still in with a big opportunity to get through to the Cup final.
“We play a semi-final at the weekend. We’re in the top half of the six for the breakaway of the final five games of the season.
“The club has been really good, they’ve been very welcoming and the fanbase here is something pretty special. There’s 20,000 here every week supporting us.
Hearts face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup this Saturday at Hampden Park.
Bozanic is hoping for better luck in this semi-final after his team were beaten in the Scottish League Cup by eventual champions Celtic in October.
“We made it through to the semi-final earlier in the season with the other Cup, where we lost to Celtic in that semi,” he said.
“But it was still a very good achievement to get to that semi-final and to play in front of 50,000, it’s a really nice thing to play in front of that many people and to try and get the team through to the final.”