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Prelevic ready to take All Whites chance

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016

Prelevic ready to take All Whites chance © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Prelevic ready to take All Whites chance Luka Prelevic has played most of his soccer in Australia, but the silver fern tattooed on his foot shows he has no doubts over his allegiance.

The uncapped Prelevic was a surprise call-up to the All Whites' Oceania Nations Cup squad after injury to experienced striker Shane Smeltz.

"It was unfortunate how I got called into the squad because of Smeltzy's injury," he said.

"Nonetheless, I'm over the moon to finally get a chance to represent my country at senior level."

Coach Anthony Hudson has the likes of skipper Chris Wood, Rory Fallon, Kosta Barbarouses, Jeremy Brockie and Marco Rojas to call on up front.

Prelevic, 20, believes he can added something to the mix if called on at the tournament in Papua New Guinea.

"Hopefully, I can bring an attacking threat, score a few goals and create a few chances," he said.

"I'll just do what I can for the team, really."

Prelevic, who has a New Zealand mother, has represented New Zealand at under-23 level, when he also gained experience of the heat and humidity in Port Moresby, where the Nations Cup will be staged.

But he is largely unknown among New Zealand fans, having come on to the club scene as a promising 17-year-old with the Port Melbourne Sharks.

He then starred for the youth team of each of Melbourne's two A-League franchises - the Victory and City - before moving to Pascoe Vale SC.

The All Whites open their Oceania Cup campaign against Fiji on Saturday.

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