Socceroo defender Jason Davidson says it would be a dream match-up for Australia to meet Japan and beat them in the Asian Cup final.
Davidson has a Japanese grandmother and spent three crucial teenager years as part of his football education in the Asian country. The Socceroos lost to the Samurai Blue 2-1 in November and also lost the 2011 Asian Cup final to Japan.
“I’d love to beat them, but play them in the final,” Davidson admitted to FourFourTwo.
“If we top the group, hopefully we can meet them in the final because they are a strong team and I can see them going all the way with us. If we stay consistent and keep level-headed, hopefully we can meet them in the final and beat them.”
Davidson played the full 90 minutes in the victory against Oman, after missing out on selection for the Kuwait game.
“It was fantastic,” the left back said.
“I spoke to the coaching staff and I’m happy with where I am. I think I had a solid performance today. In my legs, I didn’t have any cramps and it’s all about, as the game went on it was pretty much all done and dusted in the first half.
“But I kept pushing myself because, as a player, I haven’t played that much at club level. These kinds of games are very important for myself because I need to get the metres up in my legs and I kept pushing myself to the final whistle.”
Davidson is in a battle for the left fullback spot with Aziz Behich, who started against Kuwait.
“At the end of the day you can only do your talking on the pitch. I had the opportunity tonight to play and I thought I did my job,” he said.
“But in saying that it’s all about the team and it’s a long tournament with a short period between the games. Whatever the gaffer thinks is best for the team I’m sure he’ll have planned. It’s all about peaking at the right time. We’ve already qualified and whoever plays against South Korea we’ll all get the job done.”
Davidson has struggled for regular game time after moving from Holland to England after the World Cup. The 23-year old has made just two appearances for West Bromwich Albion, but is content with his progress.
“I’m happy because I’m in the best league in the world and I’m training with quality players,” he said.
“I missed the whole pre-season so I’m just trying to get catch up with the team. But I’ve definitely got a lot more powerful and stronger since I’ve been there. I’m happy with where I’m at.
“I want to show what I can do. Ange knows what I can do and every chance that I get, I just have to make sure I get the job done and I’m happy we got the job done tonight.”