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Nurnberg's Vidosic putting country first

FC Nurnberg's Dario Vidosic is not about to let his chance to represent his country slip. The 22-year old is expected to make his starting debut for the Australian national team in an Asian Cup qualifier against Oman in Muscat on Saturday and he is not worried if it forces him to miss some time at club level.

The last time Vidosic went away with the Socceroos, he came back to Germany and found himself on the outer at Nurnberg but he believes it was more misfortune than anything else.

''It was probably a bit of misfortune,'' Vidosic said. ''I had a few problems with my club after I arrived back and just missed training on the Friday.

"He (Nurnberg coach Michael Oenning) said, 'Get over the jet lag and we'll give you the weekend off.' The next day we went out and thumped Hertha (Berlin) 3-0, so he's kept the same team the following week.

"But he (Oenning) was happy that I did well with the Australian team, so the last few weeks he's been throwing me back in. Hopefully, I'll soon be able to get in the starting team.''

Vidosic said he was excited about what lay in front of him in regards to both international and domestic football and hopes he can achieve his ultimate dream of playing in a World Cup.

''I look at my career, and to me it's just the start,'' he added. ''With Nurnberg, I want to be playing every week, because I set high standards for myself. And with the national team, well I wouldn't say the World Cup might be too early for me. I want to be starting at the World Cup, and that's what I'll be working to.

At the end of the day, it's Pim's decision, and whatever he does I'll be happy. Just to be there would be unbelievable, but I don't think he (Verbeek) wants players to go there happy to be part of the 23. He wants everyone to want to play. Hopefully, South Africa will be the perfect way to cap things off.''

Andrew Slevison
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