The Socceroos have settled in World Cup camp in Kazan and are looking to cause an upset in their opener against France on Saturday.

Milligan returned to Melbourne Victory for a second stint last year after a move to England fell through due to FIFA World rankings and issues with visas.

The 32-year-old stuck out half a season in the A-League before signing for Al Ahli, where he played eight games.

He admitted he hadn't wanted to return to the A-League after the Confederations Cup.

“I was very disappointed when my move to England was put to bed,” Milligan said.

“I felt like that was an ending for me. I was pushed very hard to get that opportunity, and when that fell through, I didn’t know what was going to be ahead of me.

“Melbourne threw me a bit of a lifeline at that time because we waited a long time to see if the rankings would change.

“I was very appreciative to Kevin (Muscat) and Melbourne in giving me that chance. My goal when I left Victory after the winning the (A-League) title a few years back was to finish my career overseas, whether that’d be in Asia or England.