Australia Coach Ange Postecoglou is confident his side will step up to the mark at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The Greece-born 48-year-old, who emigrated to Australia at the age of five, saw Friday’s draw in Bahia place the Socceroos in an particularly tough group alongside Spain, Holland and Costa Rica.
However, he believes it is a challenge his players will relish come next summer.
“It’s obviously exciting. We’ll be at the World Cup, so we certainly want to play some of the big guns and we’ll have them in our group, which is fantastic,” Postecoglou told SBS.
“It will be a great experience for us and a chance to create some history for ourselves as a nation. It’s an enormous challenge and a difficult group but that’s what the World Cup is all about and we are looking forward to it.”
Although the Aussies are in arguably the most difficult group of the tournament, Postecoglou claims he is thrilled with the draw.
“We are up against the best and for us as a nation this will be a wonderful opportunity. There will be some great football played in our group, that’s for sure.
“We’ll play our part and I’ve no doubt when the competition starts we’ll give a good account of ourselves,” he asserted.