Harry Souttar notched a dream double on his Australia debut - before insisting his big brother John sees the funny side of their split loyalties. 

The Aberdeen-born defender found the net twice as the Socceroos defeated Nepal 5-0 in Canberra on Thursday. 

Souttar, 20, had previously represented the Aussies at under-23 level but making his competitive bow for the senior side means he can no longer switch allegiances back to the country of his birth. 

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The former Dundee United and Ross County kid previously played for Scotland at under-19 level but was eligible for Australia through his mother, Heather. 

Hearts favourite John Souttar had the same dilemma before going on to win three caps to date for Scotland. 

He beamed: “It was a proud moment for me, especially for my mum.

“I think everyone could tell with the smile on my face it’s a dream come true.

“I’m absolutely delighted the get the two goals and the win as well.”

He added: “John [Souttar] and I do have a bit of a laugh about us playing for different countries - and I wish him well but this is my chosen path.”

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Getting somewhat caught up in the hype, the Socceroos’ official twitter account Tweeted: “Virgil Van Dijk has posters of Harry Souttar in his room.”

Meanwhile, former Hibs striker Jamie Maclaren, whose hat-trick completed the rout, added: “That’s my proudest moment in a football jersey. Representing my country in Canberra, scoring a hat-trick as a striker - it’s the best feeling.

“At times you question yourself ‘are you good enough at this level’? And I feel I am, I have believed through those tough years.”