AAP Soccer

Defender Souttar rewarded for Aust switch

By AAP Newswire

Whatever else happens in Harry Souttar's football career, he'll always remember his first week in Australia.

The Scottish-born defender not only debuted for the Socceroos in Thursday's 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Nepal in Canberra, he marked the occasion by getting on the scoresheet twice.

Souttar used his towering 198cm frame to nod home in the 23rd minute before another headed finish in the 59th minute, which may well go down as an own-goal but was being claimed post-match by the defender.

If he is credited with the double it means Souttar is already two international goals ahead of his brother John, who is yet to score in his three appearances for Scotland.

"I think you can see on my face, after the first goal anyway. It was just sheer emotion," Souttar said.

"It was something I'll take with me to the grave, playing my debut and scoring. It was amazing."

A Scotland under-17 and under-19 representative, Souttar qualifies for the Socceroos through his Australian-born mother Heather.

He said once the FFA approached him about playing for Australia, it had been a simple decision to switch his allegiances.

"As soon as they got in contact it was a no-brainer for me," he said.

"Obviously growing up my mum speaking about Australia, growing up in that environment, so for me it was a natural one."

Souttar has notched just three senior goals at club level and says despite his intimidating size, delivering an attacking threat is something he knows he needs to improve.

"For my height I don't score enough goals so, obviously, to get two on my debut I can't complain," he said.

"I probably should have had a third as well with the last one. It was probably one of the easiest chances I had and I missed it."