Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz has revealed he is following closely Melbourne City young talent Daniel Arzani in the midst of the international tug-of-war against the Socceroos.
Arzani, who is eligible to play for both Australia and Iran, where he was born before moving to Australia as a young child, has been the subject of speculation between both sides over the last few months.
The 19-year-old has represented Australia teams at Under-17, U-20 and U-23 levels, but has never been capped as a senior international. As 2018 World Cup is approaching, Arzani’s international future has become a hot topic, although he admitted in February that he was leaning towards the Socceroos.
Speaking to Fox Sport Asia, Iran coach Queiroz said that he and his assistants have been watching Arzani closely.
“We follow with all the details all national team players,” Queiroz said.
“And with the player you mentioned [Arzani] we’ve been following him very closely, with full details of every single game.
“We have direct observations and analysis, and video analysis, of every single game of all national team players and he is part of our system. We’ve been watching very closely, we’ve been analysing all the games he’s been playing. We have deep research and analysis on him, and all the other players.
“In the end the decision will be made on the capabilities and skills and character of each player to be part of the national team.”