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Bouzanis picks Greece over Australia
Talented Greek-Australian goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, who is currently at Liverpool, has committed his future to playing national team football with Greece, according to reports.
The 17-year-old had been the subject of a tug-of-war between Greece and Australia, having represented both countries at youth level.
It had been suggested that Bouzanis would be called up to the Olyroos, the Australian squad for the Beijing Olympics, as a way of convincing him to remain loyal to the country he was born in.
But the Sydney-born youngster has apparently written to the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) and informed them that he wants to play for Greece.
He will go straight into the squad for the U19 European Championships, which take place in the Czech Republic between July 16 and 26.
Bouzanis has played for the Joeys (Australian under-17s) but also played for Greece's U19s against Slovakia In February.
Speaking in March, his agent Terry Palapanis said that Bouzanis is not yet ready to make his mind up.
"He'll play for Greece and Australia until he's more mature to make a decision,'' said Palapanis.
"At the moment, Dean's main focus is on becoming third choice in the first team - he wants to prevent Rafa Benitez from going out and purchasing another keeper.''
Bouzanis joined Liverpool from Sydney FC last summer and his former coach Jim Frazer urged Australian footballing authorities to ensure that Greece do not steal Bouzanis from under their noses.
"We must tie him down,'' Frazer told The Daily Telegraph in Australia.
"I've been around for over 30 years and he's the best young keeper I've ever seen. If we lose Dean that would be a disaster.
"He's special and we should get him in as soon as we can. He's got the X-factor that comes along every now and then.''
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has apparently said that Bouzanis is the best U20 keeper in the world.
Under FIFA rules, Bouzanis is free to represent both countries until he plays at a senior level.
[SIZE="1"]AEK 2007/2008=REAL Champions win on the field, not in the courts. Euro 2004 champs. Eurobasket 2005 and 1987 champs. FIBA WC 2006 Silver Medal. FIBA WC U19 Gold Medal 1995. Non-qualification equals no progressAlexander