Josh Risdon admits it was "a bit nerve-wracking" to meet new Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk for the first time but the defender is determined to impress the Dutchman and seal his World Cup spot.
Risdon is in Oslo with the Socceroos preparing for the friendly against Norway.
The match against the European nation will be the first under van Marwijk following his appointment last month.
Risdon was involved in Australia's last game, the successful World Cup qualifier against Honduras last year, and is pleased to receive this latest call-up.
"It was a bit nerve-wracking to meet the new coach," the fullback said.
"But he seems like a great guy and I'm really excited to be in camp with all the boys again. It was good to get back involved in those last two camps under Ange. Really great to be involved in this first one under the new coach.
"Hopefully I can do well and impress, leading up to a big time for the country leading into the World Cup. It's going to be competitive, I guess, this week in training. Everyone's going to want to play these first two games to make a good impression.
"That's good for the team, training will be sharp."
Risdon debuted for Australia back in 2015 and has five caps for the Socceroos.
The 25-year-old said making the World Cup, and fulfilling one of his dreams, has been at the back of his mind all season while he plays for Western Sydney.
"That feeling when we qualified in Sydney was an amazing feeling and it's just spurred me on to make sure I'm there in Russia," he said.
"It's been a big part of what's getting me through this season. It's something I've dreamt about as a little kid and to say you've played at a World Cup would be an awesome achievement.
"It would be massive. Hopefully I can do all the right things to be there in Russia."