Socceroos earned respect - Leckie

Winger Matthew Leckie says the Socceroos have earned respect from Germany after holding the world champions at home in a 2-2 friendly draw.

Australia went close to defeating Germany, with a 2-1 lead late in the match, until Lucas Podolski scored with nine minutes left.

Despite the disappointment at not holding on for the win, Leckie says there is a lot to be positive about for the Socceroos.

“In a way we are disappointed not to have won it because of the way we played and the chances we created,” he said.

“But, in the end, there’s a lot to be happy about and these are good times for the country, we are playing really good football at the moment and to perform like that against the best team in the world says a lot.

“There would have been a lot of people watching in Germany and they would have seen the way we played today, not just me, that it’s going to bring us as a country a lot more respect from the German people.

“Germany wouldn’t have expected us to come out and press them so high and force them to cough up possession. In the past against big teams we have tried to sit behind the ball but we want to play a new brand of football, which is all about keeping possession and putting teams under pressure.”

Leckie was one of the Socceroos best in Kaiserslautern, creating several chances and could have had a brace of goals.

The 24-year old, who plays his club football in Germany with FC Ingolstadt 04, said adding the end product to his repertoire is the next step for him.

Leckie, who impressed at the Asian Cup and last year’s World Cup, has scored just one goal in 22 caps for Australia.

“At the moment the only thing missing from my games for Australia is goals,” he admitted.

“I did have some good sights on goal and made a few good runs, and I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t score.

“But I don’t want to be too hard on myself because there are so many positives to take out of a night like this.

“Being based here and to have done well means a lot, I was heavily involved. Had a few chances and was able to create a few.”