Perth Glory prodigy Daniel De Silva has set his sights on a call-up to the Socceroos squad for next year's Asian Cup but remains focused on furthering his development in the A-League and at junior international level.
De Silva, 17, is entering his second full season with Glory, having made his debut in the latter stages of the 2012-13 campaign, and is rated one of Australia's best young prospects.
He will spend this season at home with Glory before completing a big move to Serie A club AS Roma next year.
De Silva will be a key part of the Young Socceroos team at the ASEAN Football Federation Youth Championship in Vietnam, starting next Friday, and hopes to use the junior team as a launching pad to full international honours.
"It's definitely in my sights to be able to go to the Asian Cup, so hopefully if I just keep working hard then something good will come of it," De Silva said.
"I've seen a few things in the newspapers but you try not to let that get to you. I would love to be able to play for the Socceroos but at the moment I'm just focusing on the Young Socceroos."
De Silva was nursing a sore hamstring at training yesterday but had no doubts he would be fit to play a major role in Vietnam.
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