A Socceroos debut before family and friends in hometown Sydney would be a dream come true for teenager Alex Gersbach but he's not assuming anything.
The former Sydney FC leftback, who now plays for Rosenborg in Norway, is hoping to impress Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou enough in training this week to earn a spot against Greece in Sydney on Saturday or possibly Melbourne on Tuesday.
"The highest point will be playing for the Socceroos. That's every kid's dream, and I'm no different," said 19-year-old Gersbach on Wednesday.
"It'll be great to make my debut this week for the Socceroos, but if not I'll keep working hard and make sure it happens."
Gersbach admitted a debut in Sydney would be hard to top.
"It would be really special, but I'm not going to pick and choose when I want to make my debut. I'll take it when it comes," he said.
In Norway, Gersbach has been working hard to get into his club's starting side, with Rosenberg enjoying top of the ladder status.
He watched the last Socceroos' match against England from Norway and had high praise for the team, despite their 2-1 loss.
"They really took it to England and gave it everything they had," he said.
Going up against another European team this week, Gersbach was confident the team would be well prepared.
"They're full of quality and they've got some top class players," he said.
"We'll be wary of that, and we'll do our analysis and video sessions."