Learning the anthem, trying to get a passport - Boyle's challenges ahead of Socceroos debut

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Socceroos bolter Martin Boyle has never been to Australia, doesn't hold a passport, and is yet to learn the national anthem.

But Boyle promises to bring the attacking spark Australia is craving should he make his international debut next month.

Boyle was the shock selection by new coach Graham Arnold for this week's camp in Dubai, where the team is preparing for next week's friendly against Kuwait.

The Scotland-born Boyle is all but ruled out of the clash as the FFA attempt to rush through the paperwork on his citizenship and passport.

But the Socceroos then face Korea in Brisbane on November 17 before meeting Lebanon in Sydney - the birthplace of father Graeme - three days later.

And it's where Boyle is hoping to belt out Advance Australia Fair.

"I'm currently in the progress of learning it. If you can give me a few more weeks, I'll give you a rendition of it," Boyle said from the UAE.

Graeme was born in the inner Sydney city suburb of Balmain but moved back to Edinburgh not long after Martin's arrival.

"If I was to sit down in this situation three years ago and say I was playing international football for Australia, I'd laugh at your face," Boyle said.

"I've been working really hard on my game and there's still things to be added. But it's been an unbelievable journey and I'm hoping I could really kick on even more."

Boyle has enjoyed a rich vein of form this year as a right-wing staple for Scottish outfit Hibernian, also home to Socceroos Jamie Maclaren and Mark Milligan.

He has scored three goals in seven appearance this season.

And while Scotland manager Alex McLeish rang about a call-up, it was a meeting with Arnold that swayed Boyle to pledge his allegiance to Australia.

"(He) came to our training ground, and had a real sitdown with me," Boyle said.

"We were sitting for a good 20-30 minutes about the possibilities of playing for Australia. He seemed really keen to have me on board.

"The style of football he really wants to emulate and the group of boys he was bringing in, the football really attracted me.

"He said I'd fit into the system really well, and I want to pursue that."

Source AAP