Rogic: The hard work was worth it
The 22-year-old, who debuted for Australia in 2012, scored two deflected goals in the Socceroos’ 5-0 win over Bangladesh on Thursday in Perth.
It was Rogic’s first appearance in green and gold since March last year, and the 10th of his career, having battled ankle and groin problems for the past 18 months.
“It’s been a long time,” Rogic said. “It’s a really proud moment.
“I’ve been working really hard to get back to that level. I really enjoyed it.
“There was a bit of luck with it, but it’s nice to score my first goal for my country.
“To do it at home is quite special.”
Rogic was replaced with half an hour to play as he continues to be managed back to full fitness but said he was feeling fine.
“I haven’t felt this good physically in a long time,” Rogic said.
“I’ve been working extremely hard in the past year to get back to this level to represent my country.
“To not have any worries is a great feeling. It’s a good start and hopefully I kick on from here.”
Rogic added that he’s excited by the partnership he’s forming with fellow midfield star Massimo Luongo.
The Celtic man and Luongo played together for the first time in their fledgling careers against Bangladesh and combined well as Australia piled on four goals in the first half hour.
“It’s really good,” Rogic said. “He’s obviously an intelligent player.”
Rogic and Luongo were joined by Mathew Leckie and Nathan Burns along with the deeper-lying Aaron Mooy in an attack which looked dangerous all night.
“I think the whole front four or five were really exciting,” Rogic said.
“Aaron Mooy scored a pretty good goal as well. It was really good.”
“It’s easy when you play with good players. From that point of view, it was enjoyable.”
The Socceroos fly out of Perth for Dubai on Friday night.