Skoko was part of the Socceroo squad that failed to get past Uruguay in 2001, playing in both matches. He was also part of the side that then famously defeated La Celeste four years later to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

The midfielder told FourFourTwo the current crop of 'Roos will be presented with the same type of difficult challenges he and his teammates were presented with in South America.

"They'll try and intimidate the team in whatever way," he said.

"Certainly at the stadium I think they'll make plenty of noise and make it as uncomfortable as possible for us and try and get behind their team. It's always a challenge playing away from home, but especially in those countries it can make it really uncomfortable.

"As a player you want to be concentrating on the field but sometimes they make it impossible just to be focused on that with everything that's going on around. I'm sure there will be games played off the field as well.

"That's always the way. The boys and the group leaders will be expecting things like that. It's going to be a tough. Honduras are going to be good footballers, do whatever they can to qualify. They're that type of South/Central Americans, they're all like that.

"It's not going to be easy, we're going to be up against it. Over there it's going to be hostile. They'll do everything they can to get the advantage and try to get themselves in the World Cup."

Skoko made 51 appearances for Australia between 1997 and 2010.

The 41-year-old played around in his club career, with stints in Belgium, Turkey, Croatia and England, but believes World Cup playoffs are something that's unique in world football.

"It's not really like a club situation, there's a lot more at stake," he said.

"I played in a lot of hostile countries like Turkey and Croatia where the atmosphere has been pretty crazy times. Especially in Turkey, like at Fenerbache's stadium, they're not fun places to go to all the time.

"The Uruguay experiences were certainly right up there in terms of being cut-throat and feeling a little bit uncomfortable. And that's not to say we felt in any danger, but certainly we knew they were there and up for the fight.

"The way they spoke and how sure they were of getting to the World Cup, that they sort of deserved to be there. It was basically them writing us off and saying we weren't worthy of being there. That probably spurred us on."

Skoko feels his ex-teammate Tim Cahill, who his battling to recover from an ankle injury, could be best used as a weapon off the bench against Honduras.

"Tim Cahill is someone you'd always like to have on your bench," the former Wigan and Genk man said.

"If needs be and the situation arises, he's someone who can get you a goal. Getting an away goal can give you a big advantage for the return goal. If you don't score away from home, when they come here you really have to keep them to no goals.

"The Socceroos have to go for a goal and Tim Cahill might be someone who can pop up in the game and get one. Why wouldn't you keep him up your sleeve."