TIPS FOR RUS­SIA 2018

Australian Four Four Two - - WORLD CUP 2006 -

What’s your ad­vice for the class of 2018?

En­joy it. Don’t take any­thing for granted, and just have a go. Es­pe­cially the group that we’re in, our goal would be to just get out of the group. No re­grets, that would be the big one.

Who’s your favourite cur­rent Soc­ceroo?

If he’s on, I’d prob­a­bly say Aaron Mooy or Mas­simo Luongo. I like both of them. It looks like Mas­simo has

had a good year. Hope­fully he’s fresh when he comes in.

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

France is scary. You don’t even need to pick one, they’ve got qual­ity all over the field. Peru is go­ing to be just a tough one, I think. But Den­mark, you’re go­ing to look at Chris­tian Erik­sen. He’s one of those guys who makes that team turn a lit­tle bit. He’s been un­be­liev­able at Tot­ten­ham this year and the big­ger teams in every com­pe­ti­tion are hav­ing a look at him sup­pos­edly, and rightly so.

Who will be the star of this World Cup?

Hope­fully not for our sake, but you prob­a­bly look at Kylian Mbappé from France. If you’re talk­ing real young, up-and-com­ing guys, the sea­son he’s had at Paris, and at such a young age, you can see he might be a good one.

What’s your pre­dic­tion for the Soc­ceroos?

I hope they re­ally go well. Ev­ery­one’s go­ing to be watch­ing, it’s go­ing to be a tough task but they’re the best times to ac­tu­ally play – when ev­ery­one’s writ­ing you off. It’s per­fect to go out there and prove ev­ery­one wrong. To get out of the group would be amaz­ing. From my ex­pe­ri­ence with Bert van Mar­wijk, the way he thinks is if you’ve got the qual­ity, go and use it, and take the game by the scruff of the neck. That’s the Dutch way, if there is one.

Who will win it all?

I hope Ar­gentina, just for Lionel Messi, be­cause it could be his last one. He’s done ev­ery­thing in club foot­ball and it would be nice for him to do the same as Maradona did.

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