Guanzhou R&F January addition from Asteras Tripolis, Apostolos Giannou, has put himself at disposal to the Australian national team.
Despite the fact he appeared in a friendly for Greece last year in a goalless draw against Turkey, Greek Super League top-scorer Giannou would like to play for the Socceroos.
Apostolos Giannou has been included in Greece’s Euro 2016 qualifying match versus Hungary but did not make an appearance which makes him eligible to play for Australia.
Having spent his childhood growing up in Melbourne, the 26-year-old represented Greece at the U-19 and U-21 level, but has now decided to change allegiance and switch to Australia.
“Australia would be better for me as a footballer, to play for them and to give them everything I can and to bring the best out of me.”, said Giannou, who was influenced by the Australian national team coach Ange Postecoglou to make a decision.
Former Asteras Tripolis striker could make his Australian debut appearance in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan in March.
What is more, he could face his former country Greece in a friendly in Sydney in June.
Giannou has played 21 league games for Asteras Tripoli, scoring 13 goals in the process, before moving to China.