Western Sydney Wanderer Brendon Santalab is flattered by talk linking him with Socceroos selection.
The 34-year-old striker has enjoyed a rich vein of form in the latter stages of the season, culminating in a 14-goal haul for the campaign.
That run saw Santalab’s name thrown into the ring for a shock callup to the national team, in need of goalscoring potency.
Ange Postecoglou’s team has not found the back of the net in open play since a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, all the way back on 7 October.
Speaking exclusively on Friday’s Daily Football Show, Santalab admitted he would be ready and raring to go if the call came.
“It’s been mentioned a couple of times from my teammates, which was nice. The only other time was in the media,” Santalab said.
“I can only do what I can for my club and the rest is out of my control.
“We need experience in the Socceroos squad and definitely goalscorers. I was very surprised when Jamie Maclaren wasn’t selected to join the squad and there were mentions of myself as well.
“It’s very nice to be mentioned and put in among the names for potential Socceroo callups.
“I’d be a great honour to be selected and I’d be ready for sure.”
Santalab and the Wanderers are preparing for an elimination final against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.
A win would set up a tantalising Sydney Derby in week two of the finals; Western Sydney are the only team to have defeated the premiership-winning Sky Blues this campaign.
Santalab warned the fresh Wanderers must be ready for a fast Roar start at Suncorp Stadium, where John Aloisi’s team has lost just twice this season.
“We expect them to come out firing … we’ve had an extra day’s rest, or two, on top of what they’ve had. We’re very fresh,” he said.
“We’ll come out firing as well, but they’re at Suncorp and we have to be ready for their onslaught early and try and take control of the game.”
LISTEN to the FULL chat with Brendon Santalab on Friday’s Daily Football Show from 4pm AEST.