TIPS FOR RUS­SIA 2018

Australian Four Four Two - - WORLD CUP 1974 -

What ad­vice have you got for the class of 2018?

Go out there and rep­re­sent your coun­try in the best pos­si­ble way. If ev­ery­one goes out with that mind­set, we’ll be a bet­ter team than what we’ve been show­ing re­cently. I think their at­ti­tude has been lax and our com­mit­ment has been a bit shal­low. It’s time we got it all back and put it with the skill and abil­ity we’ve got. We’d be a very dif­fer­ent team.

Who’s your favourite cur­rent Soc­ceroo for the squad head­ing to Rus­sia 2018?

I’ve got to go to a goal­keeper. From what ev­ery­body thought he was to what he’s made him­self to be now, Mat Ryan has done a phe­nom­e­nal job. What he’s do­ing be­tween the posts is very, very good. He’s de­liv­er­ing. If he keeps go­ing at the rate he’s go­ing at now, he’ll be one of the best in the world.

Who’s the big­gest dan­ger­man they’ll face in Group C?

I think when you get to a World Cup, every op­po­nent is dan­ger­ous. Any­one who goes on the field think­ing a par­tic­u­lar player is the one that re­quires to be taken care of, that only cre­ates a bit of space for some­one who sup­pos­edly isn’t good but all of a sud­den be­comes a su­per­star. We should treat each and every one in ex­actly the same man­ner.

Who will be the star of this World Cup?

I don’t think we’ve ever been in a pe­riod within foot­ball where there are so many to­tally com­mit­ted play­ers. You just need to see the top leagues in the world, the pace and the skill with which they’re play­ing the game are just quite ex­tra­or­di­nary. I would hes­i­tate from nom­i­nat­ing any­body, just be­cause of that. But I’d love to think some­one like Daniel Arzani could come through and do it.

What’s your pre­dic­tion for the Soc­ceroos?

I think there is enough pres­sure on them at the mo­ment for them to play well. I think we might be pleas­antly sur­prised with what they do. We need the na­tional team to play well right now be­cause of prob­lems we’ve got within the coun­try. I hope the play­ers on the field show us the way.

Who will win it all?

Any­body’s guess. Ger­many and Brazil will be very, very hard to beat. But I’ll say Aus­tralia. Gen­tle­men, you are go­ing to rep­re­sent your coun­try. Come back and have ev­ery­body talk­ing about what you did in the best pos­si­ble man­ner.

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