Boss backs Brko call
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luton boss Mike Newell says Ahmet Brkovic deserves an international call-up.Luton Town boss Mike Newell has backed winger Ahmet Brkovic to shine on the international stage if he achieves a dream call-up for his native Croatia.
The 31-year-old has continued the stellar form that saw him named in the League One Team of the Year, playing a crucial role in The Hatters' surprise success in The Championship so far this season.
The tricky winger, with a predilection for the spectacular, has chipped in with four goals and his impressive performances have led to mounting speculation that he will be handed a dream spot in Zlatko Krancjar's national squad.
Croatia are currently preparing for the World Cup finals and any call up would represent a massive shock for a player who begun his career in England with Leyton Orient and is playing in the second tier for the first time this season.
However Newell has no doubts that Brkovic is a player who can rise to the challenge if called upon to join the likes of Rangers hit-man Dado Prso and Juventus stopper Robert Kovac.
"Brko's got ability, we always believed that if he goes up a level he can play with better players," Newell told Sky Sports News.
"Certainly if there's any chance of him playing for the international side, no disrespect to our lads, he'd be playing with top players.
"We feel he is one of those who could go on and go on."
Brkovic, nicknamed 'The Croatian Sensation', has impressed significantly over the course of the past two years at Kenilworth Road and admits that being handed the chance to represent his country would be the culmination of a long-term dream.
"It would be a dream come true," said Brkovic.
"I'm 31, it would just be a dream come true, I would be the happiest man.
"I just want to work hard and play the best for Luton and if that happens like I say that would be a dream come true."
However Brkovic is not the only Hatter with the chance to shine on world football's biggest stage next summer as Trinidad and Tobago star Carlos Edwards faces the prospect of a play-off with Bahrain if his country are to claim a place in Germany.
The versatile summer signing is hopeful that if the Caribbean side reach the World Cup finals their profile will be widened beyond an association with former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke.
"Even though we have a capacity of 1.6 million people I think we would get a bit more recognition," said Edwards.
"Dwight has put our name on the map a bit and going to the World Cup in the summer, the country would be buzzing."