Sead Hajrovic has set his sights on competing at the 2014 World Cup after deciding to commit his international future to Bosnia.
The young centre back has played his entire youth career for the Swiss national team, but received a senior Bosnia call-up for last month’s friendly in Slovenia.
It was an experience the 21-year-old will never forget, and he says he cannot wait to start playing for Safet Susic's side.
“I went to Slovenia with the Bosnian national team and it was great,” Hajrovic told Arsenal.com. “All the players and staff were really nice to me, and I started thinking about playing for them in the future.
I will probably have to play a few under-21 games first, but they have already mentioned the 2014 World Cup if all goes well
“Now I have made my decision and all the paperwork is nearly done. We are just waiting for Fifa to send it all back and then I can start playing for them.
“I met the coaching staff and directors and they’re really trying to push me into the squad as quickly as possible. I will probably have to play a few under-21 games first, but they have already mentioned the 2014 World Cup if all goes well.
“They have to send a 30-man squad list to Fifa, so even to be on that list would be a success for me. But if I were to travel to Brazil for the World Cup, it would just be a dream come true.”
Hajrovic, whose parents are Bosnian and whose brother, Izet, plays for the Swiss national team, says training alongside the likes of Emir Spahic was an invaluable experience.
“It was amazing to see him,” he said. “He is the captain of the team and has been there since the age of 16 so he is a really experienced player.
“The country treats him like a prince, and it is good to see how he deals with the pressure. I can learn a lot from him.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source