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Soccer-Australia leave Bayern-bound Irankunda out of Olympic qualifiers squad

Irankunda has made a habit of scoring spectacular goals for his A-League club Adelaide United and last week became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Australian top flight.

“I think he’s on a rollercoaster 24-7 (and) we have to look at the bigger picture,” Vidmar told reporters after naming his squad for the under-23 Asian Cup, which starts in Qatar later this month.

“He’s going to be the future of the national teams, that’s for sure. We just have to be mindful of what we do with him in the national team space. At the moment, we don’t want to damage him.

“He’s just turned 18, and it’s a big ask for him to come in and all these expectations from people outside – because I asked him about the expectation, and it’s been challenging for him.

“To throw that on a young kid, it can do more damage.”

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