Socceroos midfielder James Troisi believes the Australians are poised for more success during the upcoming World Cup than their campaign in Brazil four years ago because of their overall experience in other major tournaments.
Troisi says that their team is set up well under coach Bert van Marwijk and will hope to prove critics wrong during the FIFA World Cup 2018 held in Russia next month.
“We’ve all been in this situation and we’ve experienced been through so much as a group and as a team so we’ve got some experienced players now and everyone’s sort of been in that situation whether its World Cup, Asian Cup, Confeds Cup,” Troisi told foxsports.com.au.
“We’ve been at these high quality and pressure tournaments and situations so we’ll definitely want to take that into what’s going to be a fantastic World Cup.”
“We definitely want to just keep implanting our impression in the world. We did that in Brazil and we want to do that in Russia.”
Troisi acknowledges the Socceroos will be playing against some of the best players in the world, but sees it as an opportunity to “stamp our flag in the world.”
The 29-year-old says he is in career-best fitness and it coming off of the high of winning the A-League championship with Melbourne Victory.
“Physically probably the best I’ve ever felt, so raring to go, obviously it’s going to be a pretty tough camp but looking forward to it,” Troisi explained.
“It’s what I guess I was at Victory for, to win something, and I achieved that so I’m very happy with that.”
The Socceroos will match up against Czech Republic in a friendly match on June 1 before the Australian squad is cut for the final time before they go to Russia.