Ivan Franjic (left) is hoping with the help of coach Tony Popovic he will return to the Socceroos.Perth Glory defender Ivan Franjic hasn’t given up hope of reigniting his Socceroos career, but he knows words are cheap.
Franjic played in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and was also part of ‘s 2015 Asian Cup title triumph.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of favour in recent times, but is determined to work his way back in.
Franjic, a three-time title winner with Brisbane Roar, hopes new Glory coach Tony Popovic can help him get back into the national set-up.
The speedy defender has played an important role in Perth’s unbeaten start to the A-League season and hopes team success will also lead to individual honours.
But he faces an uphill battle to win a recall in time for January’s Asian Cup given he wasn’t selected for recent friendlies against Lebanon and South Korea.
“Socceroos is something you always want to be a part of,” Franjic said.
“It’s a great honour to play for the national team. I’ve been fortunate enough to win the Asian Cup and play at the World Cup.
“It would be something I’d love to get back into. But unless I’m playing well at club level, it’s very hard to get in.
“I want to let my football do the talking and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”
Glory will be aiming to continue their hot start to the season when they host last-placed Central Coast at nib Stadium on Sunday.
The Mariners have just two points to their name after four rounds, while the Glory have notched three wins and a draw.
Glory skipper Diego Castro has been grounded since injuring his hamstring during the pre-season and is no guarantee to return against the Mariners.
Franjic praised the influence of Popovic, who has helped transform Glory into title contenders.
“He’s a great coach. He knows how to get the best out of every player and that’s important,” Franjic said.
“I think we’re only going to get better as the season goes on.
“You’re seeing glimpses in games and it’s really exciting when we move the ball fast and play around the opposition.”
Glory lost to EPL powerhouse Chelsea 1-0 in July, but Popovic’s charges will get another chance to take down a big scalp when they face Manchester United in Perth on July 13.
Manchester United will then play fellow English side Leeds United at Optus Stadium on July 17.