Melbourne City youngsters Ramy Najjarine and Moudi Najjar are no strangers to playing for their country.
“But every time you pull on that green and gold is special,” said Ramy, who is a former Fairfield West resident.
“There is no greater honour than to represent your country.”
The former Westfields Sports High School students have been selected for the Australian under-18 team to compete in the SBS Cup International Youth Football in Japan next week.
Australia will play matches against Japan and Paraguay, as well as an Shizuoka Selection team.
The 18-year-olds are hoping to use the tournament as a springboard for inclusion in the Young Socceroos’ squad for the 2018 AFC under-19 Championship in Indonesia later this year.
Moudi, a former Kemps Creek resident, joined his school friend in Melbourne at the start of this year for more exposure to first-team football.
The striker scored 19 goals In 18 matches for the Wanderers’ under-18s team last year and was part of the club’s Y-League grand final team that defeated Ramy’s City team.
“We both hope to make A-League debuts this year so we are constantly pushing each other,” Moudi said.