As the Caltex Socceroos continue their buildup to the FIFA World Cup in Russia, Melbourne Victory attacker James Troisi has sent a message of intent.
With the odds not appearing to be in Australia’s favour because of their lack of World Cup experience, Bert van Marwijk’s squad are upping their preparations in a pre-tournament squad in Antalya, Turkey.
Of the 26-man group, only 7 have experience at the global event those being Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Mathew Leckie, Mat Ryan, Massimo Luongo and James Troisi.
Troisi has said Australia want to paint the world green and gold this June, but need to get through their pre-Cup friendlies against Czech Republic and Hungary, before Australia’s first group stage match kicks off against France on June 16.
“We definitely want to keep implanting our impression in the world,” Troisi said.
“We did that in Brazil and we want to do it again in Russia.
“We’ve taken small steps and obviously we’re playing against some of the best players in the world.
“But every time we play these games, we want to stamp our flag in the world.
“We’ve experienced and been through so much as a group.
“We’ve got some experienced players now and everyone has been in that situation, whether it’s a World Cup, Asian Cup or Confederations Cup.
“We’ve been at these high quality, pressure tournaments and situations and we definitely want to take that into what is going to be a fantastic World Cup,” said Troisi.
The attacking midfielder scored the goal which clinched the AFC Asian Cup for his country in 2015 and had a standout performance for the Socceroos during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
The Caltex Socceroos will play a friendly against the Czech Republic on Saturday (AEST) before van Marwijk names his final World Cup squad, trimming three players from his roster.