Joshua Brillante is aiming to not only make Bert van Marwijk's World Cup squad, but also get some game time in Russia next month.
The Sydney FC midfielder is one of five A-League players, including Daniel Arzani, Dimitri Petratos, Josh Risdon and James Troisi, hoping to make Australia’s final 23-player squad for Russia.
Brillante is one of the 26 players in Turkey for the Socceroos pre-2018 World Cup training camp and he told FourFourTwo he doesn’t intend to make up the numbers.
“Everyone wants to make the squad but on top of that you want to be playing, that’s the main reason that you are there,” he said.
“I’m quietly confident, I’ll just keep my head down work hard and hopefully that gets me over the line. But of course, my main aim is to get over there and get on the pitch.
“You’ve got some of the best players in the world playing in the top leagues so to get the chance to show yourself against those players is massive.
“It’s not every day you get the chance to play against those type of players, you always wonder how you might fare against that kind of quality and the World Cup is a good chance to prove yourself.”
Socceroos head coach Bert van Marwijk will reduce the 26-player squad to 23 on June 4 and Brillante admitted the culling process will be nerve racking.
“It’s tough knowing I could be one of the players that could mis out,” he said
“But at the same time, I have to enjoy it and take it as what it is and work as hard as I can and if Bert thinks I deserve a spot, then I deserve a spot.
“There is always time in the future where I can show myself, I’ve got the Asian Cup coming up and the next World Cup, but I have to enjoy myself, that is the main thing.”
This is Brillante’s second call up to a van Marwijk Socceroos squad and the midfielder hopes to impress the Dutchman after being part of the two-game friendly series against Norway and Colombia in March.
“We had a new Socceroos coach come in and he obviously has his systems and the players he likes,” he said.
“We were all waiting to see what was going to happen and who he was going to pick so I was honoured to be part of that.
“It was great to be part of the team again and be involved with the Socceroos and all the players.
“It’s going to be exciting to be in camp and I’m looking forward to cementing my spot in the team that will be at the World Cup.”