Adelaide United midfielder Riley McGree says he was in disbelief when told of his inclusion in the Socceroos squad.
9 Mar 2017 - 3:07 PM  UPDATED 9 Mar 2017 - 3:09 PM

The 18-year-old has been named in the Socceroos' 30-man squad for looming World Cup qualifiers after just 12 A-League appearances.

Adelaide United teen McGree shock bolter in surprising Socceroos squad
Eighteen-year-old Riley McGree is the shock Socceroos bolter for this month's crucial World Cup qualifiers, while veteran goalkeeper Danny Vukovic and right-back Rhyan Grant have been rewarded for their career-best form with Sydney FC.

"I was lost for words. I didn't know what to say," McGree told reporters on Thursday.

"I didn't really think it was true, to be honest."

McGree started the season merely trying to get some meaningful A-League minutes.

But last-placed Adelaide's woes have gifted the versatile midfielder opportunities.

"Coming into the season, I thought that I would get maybe some minutes here and there," he said.

"But due to some unfortunate circumstances of injuries and players leaving, I was thrown in at an earlier stage than I expected...(it) has helped me get where I am now."

McGree has made an instant impression, with deft skills, high work rate - and a touch of aggression.

"I just like to throw my body around, go in hard," he said.

"I will never come and intentionally start a fight but if it happens I will be in there," he said.

McGree now hopes to make the cut when Postecoglou trims seven players from the 30-man squad next week for World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

"It will be a good experience, I will be able to learn from the coaching staff and from the players," he said.

"I think I will just take it all in my stride and grow from the experience and hopefully do well if I get the opportunity."