Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns says Saturday night’s Australia Day clash against Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium will be a special occasion.
Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns says Saturday night-s Australia Day clash against Brisbane Roar at nib Stadium will be a special occasion.
Burns is one of ten Perth Glory players who have represented Australia at an international level and the captain says hearing the national anthem before the game is a moment players cherish.
“It-s definitely a privilege when you are standing there wearing green and gold and singing the national anthem,” Burns said.
“Now to get the chance to play a Hyundai A-League game on Australia Day will also be a highlight.”
Travis Dodd, Nick Ward, Scott Jamieson, Michael Thwaite, Brandon O-Neill, Danny Vukovic, Dean Heffernan, Evan Berger and Chris Harold are the nine other Perth Glory players to have played for Australia at various levels from U-17 through to the Socceroos.
“As a young boy, playing for Australia was everything I wanted to do,” Perth Glory defender Dean Heffernan said while Danny Vukovic added “Some of my best football memories are in games I was wearing green and gold.”
Defenders Jamieson and Thwaite are the two players who have most recently represented Australia at the East Asian Cup qualifiers. Both hope to be selected in the next Socceroos squad but know for that to happen, they must be performing for Perth Glory.
"I'm dying to get involved in the next few squads having had the taste of the Hong Kong tournament last year," Jamieson said, "but if I'm not playing well for Perth, I won't be getting picked.
"I'll have my fingers crossed and will be hoping that my name is in one of the squads for the next few camps that are coming up."
To celebrate Saturday night-s Australia Day clash, Perth Glory is offering a special $50 Family ticket to the game for two adults and two children.
PERTH GLORY v BRISBANE ROAR Saturday, January 26 nib Stadium Kick-off: 7pm