After putting in a solid performance against England that added to his burgeoning reputation, Socceroos playmaker Tom Rogic is looking to put on an even better showing when Australia plays Greece in Sydney on Saturday night.
During the Socceroos 2-1 friendly loss to England, Rogic did not seem out of place against EPL opposition.
The skillful Aussie caused a lot of trouble to Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere who struggled to contain the attacking midfielder during the first half.
Rogic’s performance received praise from sections of the England media and no doubt his performance would have enthralled the scouts and agents from clubs like Arsenal, Fiorentina and Valencia who have reportedly been following the 23-year old’s progress.
“It was good to take a bit of belief and self-confidence away, that we can match players who are playing in the top league regularly,” Rogic said.
“I felt we gave a good account of ourselves and on another day we could have possibly hurt them a bit more and taken more from the game.”
Ahead of the two game friendly against Greece the Socceroos have recalled a number of players who were missing from last weekend’s England game.
Playing in an international window and therefore no limit to his selection, Australian national team boss Ange Postecoglou has chosen his first choice squad and Rogic feels that returning players like Tim Cahill will provide the team a boost on Saturday night.
“It’s important that we can build on that last performance,” he said.
“We have a number of players coming back now obviously playing in Asia that weren’t available for the England game and more than anything, I know what I enjoy most and that is playing at home in front of a home crowd.
“Because you spend so much time of the year away playing overseas and it’s nice when you get the rare occasional opportunity to play in front of family and friends who you know are sitting in the crowd. And when you can give them something to cheer about and make them proud then these are the nights you want to play football in.”
Meanwhile, any fans wishing to see Rogic repeat his late winner for Celtic against Kilmarnock that won the Socceroo midfielder goal of the season in the Scottish Premier League might be in luck on Saturday night.
While there were no promises Rogic did not rule anything out, especially if he finds space outside the box.
“We can hope and we can try, but we’ll see,” he said.1 comment