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International Round-Up: Elder Makes His Debut For Australia

9 September 2021

Callum Elder came on as a late substitute to make his debut for Australia during the international break as they beat China 3-0 in qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

The 26-year-old left-back received his first call-up to the senior side at the end of August, having only previously made one appearance for his country’s Under-20s. 

He replaced Aziz Behich in the 79th minute as Graham Arnold presented Elder with the opportunity to represent the Green and Gold on the big stage for the first time. 

Speaking after the game, Elder said: “It was an unbelievable moment.

“I was delighted when the manager called me over to come on.

“We’re all driving forward to achieve the success of next year at the World Cup so I’m so pleased to be a part of that and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”

After making his debut against China, he was an unused substitute against Vietnam, but it’s still been a proud few weeks for the defender as he now turns his attention back to the Tigers.

Elsewhere, Matt Smith has also been on international duty with Wales as they continued their own qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup.

Robert Page named the 21-year-old midfielder in his starting line-up for last week’s goalless draw against Finland.

Although he was unused substitute more recently against Belarus and Estonia, Smith will have still picked up valuable experience training alongside the likes of Gareth Bale.

Finally, James Scott, currently on loan at Hibernian, got another 77 minutes under his belt for Scotland Under-21s as they drew 1-1 with Turkey Under-21s to open their European Championship qualifying campaign with a point.

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