Brisbane Roar defender Shane Stefanutto says his Brazilian-born team-mate Henrique is good enough to play for the Socceroos.
Striker Henrique recently received his Australian citizenship, making him eligible for a potential Socceroos call-up.
A few experts – most notably Fox Sports duo Mark Bosnich and John Kosmina – believe Henrique could be in the mix for the national team given his knack over a number of years for scoring important goals.
The 30-year-old does possess that unpredictability which makes him a dangerous player off the bench, as he’s demonstrated over the last fortnight.
Just a couple of games back from a serious knee injury, Henrique has scored twice as a substitute in the last two games against Perth Glory and Melbourne City.
He’s also well-known by Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou, the pair winning two championships together at Roar in 2011 and ’12.
While Stefanutto concedes age may be a barrier for Henrique, he has no doubt his club-mate has the talent to be an international player.
“He's definitely good enough," the ex-Socceroo left-back told reporters on Tuesday.
“It's a great conversation point now isn't it?
“I love that he's Australian. I know the fans love him, us around the club, we all love him. For him to put on an Aussie jersey, that's for him and Football Federation Australia to decide.
"But the way the squad looks now, Ange has blooded a lot of new players who seem to be younger to middle-aged. I don't know if [Henrique] at the grand old age of 30 [could be selected]…maybe it's four years late for him.”
Meanwhile, Stefanutto expects opposition teams to continue to try and suffocate Brisbane’s attacking game this season, but says it’s up to them to overcome it.
Roar boss John Aloisi launched a scathing assessment of former club Melbourne City in the wake of last week’s 1-1 draw, labelling their approach to the match “anti-football”.
Aloisi believes it’s been a constant theme this season, with opposition sides trying anything to blunt Brisbane’s fluent, attacking play.
The stats back up his claims.
Brisbane has the best disciplinary record in the A-League, receiving just eight yellow cards in seven matches, while playmaker Thomas Broich (25) is one of the most fouled players in the competition.
Roar has also given away only 90 fouls all season - only Perth have conceded less (84) although they have played one less match.
"If [the match] is a bit stop-start, it's obviously difficult," Stefanutto added.
"But we don't use that as an excuse. It's our job to try and break that down and continue to play a high-tempo style of football. That's what we just need to continue to try and do.
“I don't think since I've been here we've ever sat back. I love that about our football club.
"These have been some of the most enjoyable years of my footballing career and I wouldn't have it any other way."