Australian Four Four Two - - WORLD CUP 2006 -

What’s your ad­vice for the class of 2018?

Just be­lieve that we can com­pete against the rest of the world and that Aus­tralians, as a col­lec­tive, are strong. No mat­ter who puts on that jersey, they should feel like they’re go­ing to do the coun­try proud and go there and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence, as well. It’s dif­fi­cult, be­cause I don’t know ex­actly what they’ve been do­ing or what the coach’s mes­sages are, but I’m sure they’ll be pre­pared and ready to go once they step foot onto the pitch.

Who’s your favourite cur­rent Soc­ceroo?

I love when Tom Rogic is on fire. He’s hard to stop, he’s got such tal­ent that he can ac­tu­ally make some­thing hap­pen out of noth­ing. Aaron Mooy’s pass­ing abil­ity and the way he plays the game is fan­tas­tic, and you’ve got Mile Je­d­i­nak who brings that

steel to mid­field and that ex­pe­ri­ence. There are other play­ers like Trent Sains­bury, a de­fender who reads the game so well but starts the game re­ally well in terms of his pass­ing through the back. There are a num­ber of them, it’s too hard to pick just one.

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

For France, I think An­toine Griez­mann. The last few years, he’s shown that he’s one of the best play­ers in the world. They’ve got a lot.

Who will be the star of this World Cup?

I still think that Lionel Messi will be the best player of the tour­na­ment. I’m quite con­fi­dent it’ll be him. And we’re all wondering how Mo­hammed Salah is go­ing to go – but he’s proved al­ready that he’s al­ready a star, star pro­vid­ing he can shake off his in­jury in time. time

What’s your pre­dic­tion for the Soc­ceroos?

I’m hop­ing that we’re go­ing to get through the first round. I know a lot of peo­ple wouldn’t give them any op­por­tu­nity but I al­ways be­lieve the Aussie spirit will get us through. It’s go­ing to be a tough group but hope­fully we can get enough points to get through the sec­ond round.

Who will win it all?

Brazil will prob­a­bly have the strong­est team, I think they’ll go on and win it this year. It also de­pends on whether Ney­mar is able to play, but it looks like he should be.

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