Melbourne Victory striker could surpass Damian Mori at the East Asian Cup.
All eyes will be on veteran striker Archie Thompson at the East Asian Cup as he bids to become Australia’s all-time top goalscorer, Football Australia report.
The 34-year-old is expected to line up in the Socceroos side that will face tournament hosts South Korea in Seoul on Saturday and will get the chance to overtake team-mate Tim Cahill in the goal stakes along with matching the record set by Damian Mori.
Former Adelaide City stalwart Mori notched 29 times for his country between 1992 and 2002, while Thompson and Cahill are level on 28, although the latter wasn’t selected by head coach Holger Osieck after he decided to pick a squad made up of predominantly domestic based players.
It means Thompson, who has 50 caps to his name, can become the first player to eclipse Mori’s total with the Melbourne Victory star and should take up a prominent role in the Socceroos’ attack after Jason Kennedy was prevented from represent his county by employers Nagoya Grampus of the J-League.
Saturday will also mark the first time Australia will compete in the final round of the East Asian Cup with games against China and Japan to follow.