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Bradford's Meredith eyeing Socceroos berth

James Meredith admits he would love to one day gain a call-up to the Australian national team squad.

The 24-year old Bradford City defender was a part of the Bantams side which recently shocked Premier League giants Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-final and he is gunning for more following an assured performance in defence marking German star Lukas Podolski.

"It's easy to come over here and be pretty much unnoticed, especially when you're outside the Premier League," he told the World Game.

"Hopefully the publicity we're getting from our cup run will make a few people take a look at me now. It's been a hard slog and a lot of hard work since I arrived at Derby in 2004.

"It can be a battle in the lower leagues but I have enjoyed the journey and the challenge of it."

He added of a potential Socceroos chance: "That would be something special. I haven't played for Australia at any level but you never say never and I'd jump at the chance.

"Like any Australian footballer, the ultimate ambition is to play for your country and I am no different.

"Probably a lot of people back home haven't heard of me but when you are part of an upset like this against Arsenal it can change a lot of things.

"I am very ambitious and I want to go as far as I can in the game. I follow Australia every time they play and I am sure I could do a job if the opportunity arose."

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