Socceroos defender Milos Degenek says he expects Graham Arnold’s side to be able to take it to the best sides in both Asia and the world.
Arnold is preparing to lead the Socceroos into battle for the first time in his second stint as national team boss, with his philosophy set to be put to the test against Kuwait on Tuesday morning.
Following a training camp in Turkey last month, and a week of preparation in the United Arab Emirates, Degenek believes followers of the Socceroos should be excited.
“It’s been very positive, we’ve approached it in a very good manner…we look forward to a good attacking way of football,” he told the Socceroos’ official website.
“We’re not taking any backward steps and we expect to have a very good four-year cycle towards the next (FIFA) World Cup, a very successful one.
“We expect to dominate countries here in Asia and the world.”
He added: “The feeling (in the group) is very positive and the vibe is very good. Everyone is excited, and we are all working hard in training.
“Everyone has gelled together. It’s a big family here and we are looking forward to this game against Kuwait where we expect a good game.”
Personally Degenek has enjoyed a strong season thus far performing consistently both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League for Red Star Belgrade.
The Serbian giants are very much the underdogs in their group which also contains Liverpool, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
But despite their status, the defender is embracing the challenge.
“In club football, Champions League is the pinnacle, it’s something I’ve always dreamed about and at Red Star playing in front of my family is a big dream come true for me,” he said.
“Playing some of the biggest clubs in Europe, you see where you’re at, where they’re at and see how they play and we try and implement things they do in training.
“I try and do what they do and try and do it in training. It’s a good challenge playing alongside the world’s best players.”