Troisi sends World Cup message of intent

They say being there is everything, but it's not enough for the Caltex Socceroos.

As our boys continue their build-up for the FIFA World Cup in Russia next month, they're not content to just make up the numbers.

“We definitely want to keep implanting our impression in the world,” Melbourne Victory attacker James Troisi told after Bert van Marwijk's charges completed a double session at Antalya's impressive Gloria Sports Arena in Turkey.

“We did that in Brazil and we want to do it again in Russia.

“We've taken small steps and obviously we're playing against some of the best players in the world.

“But every time we play these games, we want to stamp our flag in the world.”

The Caltex Socceroos are looking to draw on the experience of previous tournaments as they seek to progress from a tough group which includes France, Denmark and Peru.

A dozen of the 26-man squad have played over 30 times for Australia, including Troisi, who is in line for a second World Cup appearance should he make the final 23-man squad, having featured in Brazil four years ago.

“We've experienced and been through so much as a group,” he said.

“We've got some experienced players now and everyone has been in that situation, whether it's a World Cup, Asian Cup or Confederations Cup.

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“We've been at these high quality, pressure tournaments and situations and we definitely want to take that into what is going to be a fantastic World Cup,” said Troisi.

The Caltex Socceroos will play a friendly against the Czech Republic on Saturday (AEST) before van Marwijk names his final World Cup squad, trimming three players from his roster.

“Everyone is fighting for their spot,” said Troisi.

“We have a good group here though so everyone will push each other and respect each other.

“We will just work to get better as a team.”

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