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Monchengladbach's Leckie eyeing Socceroos spot

Mathew Leckie is ready to become an Australian national team regular after finding good form at club level recently.

The 21-year old striker, who is on loan to 2.Bundesliga club FSV Frankfurt from Borussia Monchengladbach, has scored goals in his last two matches and is hoping that form can help him gain selection in Holger Osieck's Socceroos squad for an upcoming friendly and 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Australia takes on Lebanon in a tune-up match in Beirut on September 6 before the qualifier against Jordan in Amman on September 11 and Leckie is looking for selection to kickstart his international career.

"I feel I am ready mentally and physically if that chance comes," Leckie told SBS The World Game. "If I can help the team qualify for the next World Cup, I'd love to be able to.

"I don't expect anything but if it happens I'll be ready. I think you are seeing already that Holger is giving the younger players their opportunities.

"He's a good coach and he knows what he's doing and the next generation will get their opportunities at various camps and hopefully I can be among that group which breaks through.

"I just need to make an impression when the chance comes, so I can stay in the squad. But I have to get their first.

"I definitely want to be in the national team as soon as I can.

"At Gladbach I wasn't playing much and it's been good to make the move and be scoring a few goals. Hopefully I can keep that up for the rest of the season.

"The level (in the second division) isn't the same as the Bundesliga. It's more of a battle in games whereas in the Bundesliga it's more about technique and tactics."

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Andrew Slevison
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