Crystal Palace's Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak says the team are out to repay their loyal travelling support in Brazil.
Taking on Chile tonight in their opening game, the Socceroos also face fixtures against the Netherlands and holders Spain, in a group which looks to be one of the tournament’s toughest on paper.
Most have already written off Australia's chances of making it to the last 16 as a result, but Jedinak is seeing the positives and wants to thank the fans for their devotion with an impressive set of displays over the coming weeks.
‘It’s going to be very special. We know how far it is to get to Brazil from our country and people have put in a lot of hard effort for that,’ he said. ‘It would be great to repay them and a very special moment, that’s for sure.’
The team’s captain, Jedinak, is playing in his second consecutive World Cup with Australia and, along with former Everton star Tim Cahill, stands out as one of the side’s main sources of hope this summer.
The 29-year-old is coming off an extremely impressive debut Premier League season at Crystal Palace, helping the club to comfortably avoid relegation in the end with an 11th-place finish and earning multiple plaudits for his performances.
While Australia do have some young and promising options at their disposal, such as goalkeeper Mat Ryan and winger Tommy Oar, it’s clear that they will be relying on veterans like Jedinak, Cahill and Mark Bresciano in their bid to cause a huge upset in Group B.