Harry Souttar, brother of Hearts star John, scores on debut for Australia

Harry Souttar crowned his Australia debut with a goal as the Socceroos defeated Nepal 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Canberra.

Thursday, 10th October 2019, 4:55 pm

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Souttar had not set foot in Australia before travelling across the world for the match. Despite being born in Aberdeen, he qualifies for his new country due to his mother being Australian.

The towering centre-half - who is currently on loan at Fleetwood Town from Stoke City - impressed in an easy Australia victory, albeit against limited opposition, and his national coach is looking forward to seeing more from his new defender.

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Harry Souttar is joined by Jamie Maclaren, left, and Jackson Irvine after scoring on his Australia debut.

“He’s just such a great kid,” Graham Arnold said of Souttar. “Let’s see him against a bigger team and a better team defensive-wise because when I see him at Fleetwood Town he’s doing exceptionally well.

“There’s a little bit of competition there with him. He’s so calm on the ball and he’s so relaxed. He’s a great find for us.”

Souttar had to share the limelight with former Hibs striker Jamie Maclaren, who scored a hat-trick.

"This is my proudest moment in a football jersey,” Maclaren, who left Easter Road for Melbourne City in January, said.

“Representing my country in Canberra, scoring a hat-trick, as a striker it’s the best feeling.

“I owe a lot to my team-mates and the manager for putting faith in me. At times you question whether you’re good enough at this level and I feel I am. I believed through those tough years.”

Australia continue their World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday when they play Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung.