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Edwards' honour

27 October 2012

Ryan Edwards on his international exploits

Under 21s midfielder Ryan Edwards says it's a real honour to be playing regular football for Australia's under 20s.

Ryan is certainly coming into his own after representing his country on numerous occasions and playing for Reading's U21s this season.

The 18-year-old says he's loving life at Reading and looks up to a number of current Royals stars who have come through the Academy to the first team.

"It's been going well at Reading. It's a great club to be at and I'm really enjoying being part of it," he said.

"The guys in the first team are of great inspiration to all of us young players and hopefully we can go on to replicate the likes of Jem Karacan and Alex Pearce."

Edwards recently featured for Australians youngsters, commonly known at the Young Socceroos, in their two international friendlies against the might of Portugal.

He played in both games - the first a narrow 2-1 defeat, the second a more comprehensive 4-1 loss. But the midfielder was delighted to play and took great pride in wearing his country's shirt.

"It's a massive honour to play for my country," he said. "Every young boy who loves the game wants to play for their country and I've been lucky enough to do that.

"Thankfully the manager seems to think highly of me so hopefully I can keep playing well and make the step up to the senior team one day."

Ryan will soon link up with his Aussie team mates again as the Young Socceroos embark on a tournament in Dubai next week - and they will face Quatar, Syria and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.

"I'm looking forward to going out to Dubai - hopefully we can progress from our group and go far in the competition.

"It's great to be involved with the national team - I'm going to carry on working hard and hopefully I'll be successful."


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