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Spain-based Solomon Islander, Marcus Justin Chan has confirmed his availability and desire to wear the national colours for the National Solomon Islands Under-19 team.
The 19-year old told RAW SPORTS in an exclusive interview from Spain.
The promising midfielder was thrilled learning of his inclusion into the national youth team’s 44-man training squad, that was released recently and shared his desire to inspire others with his European football experience.
“I’m very blessed to be selected, I’ve heard it from some of my close friends and family members. Obviously it be amazing to come back home and join the squad,” Marcus expressed.
“There’s a lot of talents in Solomon Islands and to be selected it’s a privilege. And yes I’m available and it’s a dream for me to play for my country.
Last year he was called up for the National Under-17 team, but due to personal commitments and schedules he was not included.
“I missed my opportunity last year because I have some couple of league games here left. But now I’m ready to fight for my country.
The lad is currently playing for CF Cracks Academy in Valencia, Spain and their season will end in May.
CF Cracks Football Academy is focused on the development of young players from all around the world that want to become professional footballers. Producing players in clubs such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Early June I’ll be back and fight for my spot to make it to the final squad.
He said that so far he is doing well both playing and in training.
“Since my first days here it’s always been good, helps a lot getting the knowledge in different aspects especially game situation is very important.
“I work my a** off everyday to try to make it in Europe! Hopefully everything will payoff at the end if God’s will.
The part Chinese, Renbell and Gilbertese also aims to share his experience and inspire young local footballers in Solomon Islands.
“I encourage kids back home to take that step and live their dream whether it’s football or other sports,” he said.
“Clearly I have a little bit of experience here in Europe and I hope bring every single thing I learn here in Europe back home, given that I was very lucky and blessed to have such opportunity to learn from the best in the World.
The national U19 team will participate in this year’s Oceania Under 19 world cup qualifiers in Tahiti from August 5 to 18, where top qualifiers will progress to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Technical department has also pleased to have young Chan in the U19 training squad.
“We will be in touch with Marcus once he’s completed his league season in Spain, for sure he’ll be a boost to join the team” a spokesperson from the department said.