Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou believes the national team’s status is where it should be after the progression of the past two years.
He says he is content with the spread of talent in the current squad which includes players based in Europe, Asia and the A-League.
“You try and project and hope you want to be in a certain space by the time we have the opportunity to qualify for the next World Cup, i’m satisfied about where we’re at,” Postecoglou said.
“When you look at the make-up of the squad now and the age demographic, this squad’s probably even younger than what we had recently.
“The age demographic and even the experience creeping into that bracket I wanted the bulk of the squad to be, in terms of age and relevant caps at international level because you know if you qualify for a World Cup that those kind of things certainly help to have more of an impact.
“I’m fairly satisfied about where we’re at. I still think with that in mind the best is certainly yet to come because a lot of these guys will be definitely key players in the next World Cup cycle as well, there aren’t many in this group you think this will be it for them.”
Australia lock horns with Thailand tonight in what would be the third and final phase of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualification should they finish in the top two.
Thailand is last on the group table having lost all four of its games in Group B, while the Socceroos currently sit second on eight points, one point in front of the underperforming Japan.
Postecoglou conceded he was pleased with the team in terms of possession and was aiming to replicate it tonight against Thailand.
The Socceroos boss said he was looking to get a result in Thailand with Australia set to play another three games on home soil next year.
They have just two more away games against Iraq and Japan.
And while the right-back position is still up for grabs, Postecoglou said he was not overly fazed by the issue.
“I think particularly in the right-back role we just had a lot of different players coming through there and that means we haven’t had a real consistency in terms of some of our movements and positioning out there,” he said.
“On the left hand side it’s worked well, again, that’s because Brad (Smith) is playing regularly over recent games.
“It’s a functionality of the whole team, we certainly don’t try and isolate one area of the park for us, when we’re playing well, all the moving parts are doing well and dominating their area and collectively we’re able to get over our opponent.”