Harry Souttar, brother of Hearts star John, scores on debut for Australia
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The 19-year-old centre-half, who is the brother of Hearts defender John Souttar and represented Scotland at under-19 level, headed home from a corner kick on 23 minutes to put the Australians 3-0 up.
The towering centre-half – who is currently on loan at Fleetwood Town from Stoke City – impressed in an easy Australia victory, albeit against limited opposition, and his national coach is looking forward to seeing more from his new defender.
“He’s just such a great kid,” Graham Arnold said of Souttar. “Let’s see him against a bigger team and a better team defensive-wise because when I see him at Fleetwood Town he’s doing exceptionally well.
“There’s a little bit of competition there with him. He’s so calm on the ball and he’s so relaxed. He’s a great find for us.”
Souttar had to share the limelight with former Hibs striker Jamie Maclaren, who scored a hat-trick.
“This is my proudest moment in a football jersey,” Maclaren, who left Easter Road for Melbourne City in January, said.
“Representing my country in Canberra, scoring a hat-trick, as a striker it’s the best feeling.
“I owe a lot to my team-mates and the manager for putting faith in me. At times you question whether you’re good enough at this level and I feel I am. I believed through those tough years.”