Veteran midfielder Mark Bresciano says the Socceroos are going to Brazil to 'shock the world' and he is ready to deliver a few more magic moments of his own in the Green and Gold.
The Socceroos flew out for the World Cup at lunchtime on Wednesday, farewelled by hundreds of fans and well-wishers at Sydney International Airport.
For Bresciano, this will be his third appearance at a World Cup and most likely his last in a glittering international that's spanned 13 years.
The 34-year-old has produced some superb highlights in his 73 previous caps but is confident he has a few more up his sleeve against Spain, the Netherlands and Chile.
"That's the main reason why we're going there," Bresciano told reporters before the side flew out for Brazil.
"The World Cup is the biggest tournament in the world.
"We all have great opportunities to show our abilities, to show the strength of our team to the rest of the world.
"If we (me and Tim Cahill) are thinking this is going to be our last World Cup then you always want to finish the best way we can.
"I think it's in the back of your mind knowing this could be it and we want to make it our best."
The Al-Gharafa star has had a disjointed preparation for the tournament, with a four-month FIFA-imposed ban and injury curtailing his season.
He admits he had serious doubts he'd make Ange Postecoglou's squad but now he's here feels as good as he has for his two previous tilts in 2006 and 2010.
"It's always a dream going to a World Cup, regardless if it's your first or third," Bresciano said.
"I guess the expectation is maybe a little bit high (this time) because, in the last nine or 10 years, we've been very successful as a nation.
"Saying that, we know that we are going to Brazil in a very tough group but we're going to go there and just try and do our country proud and do ourselves proud and try and shock the world."
Bresciano missed Monday night's 1-1 draw with South Africa with back soreness but dispelled any concerns over his fitness for the opening game of the tournament against Chile on June 13 (June 14, 8am AEST).
While the side has received some criticism for their performance against Bafana Bafana, Bresciano feels there's no need to panic, with most players fatigued from a rigorous training camp.
"Obviously, it is disappointing because you always play a game to win, and the fans want to see their country win," he said.
"But I don't think that'll make a difference.
"It was a good test for us and the most important thing is preparing ourselves as best as we can for Brazil.
"As a nation, we've always felt the support from our fans and I think we're going to see that in Brazil."
The Socceroos will be among the first teams to arrive in Brazil and Bresciano is confident it will allow the side to settle quickly and get right down to preparations.
"I think it's worth getting there as early as possible - just to get the feel of the World Cup, get a feel of the atmosphere," Bresciano said.
"It's good to get over the travelling and jet lag, so you can focus on your training and the friendly game then the World Cup."1 comment