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Sport World Cup: Socceroos rising star Daniel Arzani chose football over being a neurosurgeon

08:30  04 june  2018
08:30  04 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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His father John relates this story, barely holding in the laughter.

The principal's advice to Daniel? Concentrate on one or the other — don't try to do both.

He chose football. And now football is choosing him.

The 19-year-old is the youngest player to ever be called up to an Australian World Cup squad.

His parents had just landed in the Turkish resort city of Antayla, where the Socceroos' training camp is based, when they took the call."When he told us I was crying, I was crying. And I was so happy," his mother Sima said.

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"Always, actually in my house it was empty," Sima said.

"I didn't have any frames on the wall or nothing, because Ben and Daniel and even John, they always play soccer at home, always I was saying oh my gosh, you've broken this one," she said, throwing her hands up in the air mimicking her horror at the time.

"He has broken a lot of glasses, and a lot of dishes, costing me a lot of money," John added, with a laugh that indicated it might have all been worth it.

They brought the family to Australia from Iran when Daniel was 7.

There had been talk earlier this year that Iran was making a big effort to woo Daniel to play for it.

But Australia won.

And John Arzani says that's where Daniel's heart is.

"I'm very glad we migrated to Australia. I love Australia," John said.

"I love the culture, the environment, the warmness of the people in Australia. I love it.

"We owe something. I wish that Daniel will make Australia proud of him and that he'll make the soccer family proud of him too."

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Daniel was selected by the Australian Institute of Sport at 13.

By the time he was 16 he was playing for Australia's under-20s team in Brazil.

There's no guarantee Daniel will get match time in Russia, but he was brought on in the 84th minute in the 4-0 friendly win over the Czech Republic.

The final team has trained together for the first time since the squad was trimmed to 23 players.

It was an intense session as the temperature neared 30 degrees and you could hear the name "Arzani" rising above the coach's directions as other players called out to him or gave him a ribbing.

Bert van Marwijk says the very fact he's on the team says something about his potential.

And while he's got a lot to learn — he is after all only 19 — it feels as if he's been watching and waiting for this moment for years.

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