Archie Thompson says he would like to see young Australians playing in Europe recognised

FORMER Socceroo Archie Thompson says he wants to see young Australians plying their trade in Europe earn similar recognition to A-League ‘bolters’, believing too many players return too early from their stints overseas.

Mariners youngster Daniel De Silva has dazzled since returning to the A-League after returning from a stint at Dutch club Roda JC, after a transfer to Serie A side Roma previously fell through.

Thompson said it was frustrating to see young players starring in the A-League earning more attention then their contemporaries playing overseas — citing the likes of Jimmy Jeggo and Mustafa Amini.

“Look, he’s obviously talented — he’s come back and he’s lit the league on fire but … it’s just funny that we always put pressure on these kids because they have one or two good games and suddenly they’re a bolter for the World Cup team,” Thompson said on Fox Sports’ Just for Kicks.

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“But you’ve got to look at some of the players that we’ve got overseas that are doing well in Europe. I mean, we don’t speak about them.”