Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden eyeing first Australia call-up

The 20-year-old midfielder has featured five times for Villa since breaking into the first-team halfway through the season.

Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden has told AVTV how he is hoping to push his way into the Australia national team this summer after getting his first taste of Premier League football.

Lyden, who was born in Australia to English parents, joined Villa from Perth-based youth side ECU Joondalup in 2012 and has risen through the ranks over the past few seasons to establish himself as one of the club’s top prospects.

The 20-year-old midfielder was involved with the senior team for the first time in early December when he was named as an unused substitute for the 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal, and he has since gone on to make five total appearances for the Premier League bottom dwellers – including his first top-flight start in last month’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth.

He will likely see a lot more playing time next season when already-relegated Villa are competing in the Championship, but in the meantime, the promising Australian has his sights set on a first senior international call-up as soon as this summer.

The Socceroos are set to play a friendly against England in Sunderland on 27 May, and the former Under-20 international admits that he would love to be involved in Ange Postecoglou’s squad.

“Australia are playing England on 27 May up at the Stadium of Light, so whether I get a call-up for that I’m not sure,” he told AVTV. “Obviously that would be a dream come true to play for your country.

“It’s every boy’s dream, so finger’s crossed, you never know.”

Lyden, who missed virtually all of last season due to long-term hamstring injury, has also been captaining Villa’s Under-21s throughout this term and has helped them to the brink of promotion with three goals in 19 appearances.

They are now set to face Arsenal in Tuesday night’s Under-21 Premier League Division 2 play-off final at the Emirates Stadium, and having beaten the Gunners 2-1 and 1-0 in their two previous meetings this season, the skipper is confident of getting a positive result.

“We’ve put a lot of work in this season,” Lyden told AVTV. “Having Kev [Kevin MacDonald] back has been a massive influence for everyone. We’ve got one more game now against Arsenal on Tuesday, so hopefully we can win that and progress into the top league.

“We’ve played them twice already this year and done well against them. They’re a very good footballing side, but I feel we’re more than capable of getting a result.”

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