Mustafa Amini is giving himself a pat on the back after earning his second cap for the Socceroos on Thursday night.
Amini was the replacement for injured Socceroo captain Mile Jedinak and played the final four minutes in the 2-0 away loss to Japan, coming on for Jackson Irvine.
The 24-year-old said he is playing regularly for Danish Superliga side AGF Aarhus and is enjoying the experience.
He also said he was proud of his persistence after leaving Central Coast Mariners for Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund before struggling to break into the first-team.
After a stint with Randers in Denmark, Amini feels his determination has earned him his Socceroo caps today.
“I left when I was 18, I have no regrets and I’ve been fighting it out ever since and I’ll keep going, the rewards come now with two caps to my name,” Amini told FourFourTwo.
“It’s not easy being 18 from Denmark to Germany, been a long time away from home but all that was to be part of this team, I’ve never given up and I won’t give up.
“The A-League gives a platform for young Australians to start playing their football, when they’re ready and if they decide to make that move, it’s all up to the individual.
“I’m just here to help, train hard and wait for my chance and when that chance comes hopefully I can take it with both hands.
“I’m very happy to be part of this team, in the Asian Cup (2015), with what we did, hopefully we can do that back in Melbourne and celebrate.”
Amini also feels the Socceroos will not have a problem getting goals in next Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifying match against Thailand.
Australia have put themselves under pressure after falling 2-0 to Japan in Saitama on Thursday night, a game which would have ensured qualification to next year’s World Cup if they won.
As it stands, Australia are third, two goals behind Saudi Arabia who play Japan next week.
Japan have guaranteed qualification but Australia ideally need the Blue Samurai to deny the Green Falcons victory on Tuesday.
Thailand took a point against Australia last year away in the reverse fixture.
To give Australia more hope, a heavy win over the War Elephants could help and Amini said that won’t be an issue.
“We don’t have a problem, we’ll get the goals in Melbourne and everything will be fine,” he said.
“We’re positive, it’s a hard pill to swallow but at the end of the day, we’re recovering, we’ve got a long flight home and be ready for Thailand.
“There are no easy games in Asia now and we don’t take Thailand as an easy game, we’re playing at home so we’ll go out there to dominate and get the job done and qualify for a World Cup.”