Cahill’s role in Roos teen’s ‘frightening’ World Cup bid
THE Socceroos have touched down in Antalya, Turkey for their pre World Cup training camp, and young gun Daniel Arzani has outlined his plan to make the final cut.
Three more Cup hopefuls will be cut from the final squad for the tournament, and the 19-year-old admits he's got a big job ahead of him.
"For me I think I just got to prove that I'm invaluable to the team and that I have something to add and I think that will come with just doing my own thing and doing well," Arzani said.
Arriving in camp was 'frightening' for the A-League sensation, who added that he was thankful to have veteran Tim Cahill around, with the pair sharing a friendship from their time together at Melbourne City.
"Coming into camp it was a bit frightening at first because I don't actually know anyone, but knowing that I've got Timmy and he's a good friend of mine is very helpful.
"As such a young player you're sort of starting over again, so I've just got to prove my worth and maybe more so than anyone else."
Arzani added Cahill was one of his idols growing up, and alongside the likes of Harry Kewell and Mark Bresciano helped model his game.
"I think there was a lot of people I watched growing up. Watched a lot of Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, Bresciano and they're all absolute amazing players and were the golden generation of Australian football and I really enjoyed watching them and based my game around a lot of them as well," he said.
"It'd be a dream come true, since I was young I always dreamed of playing for Australia, playing for the Socceroos and to think that could be happening in the next few weeks is amazing."
The Socceroos officially began their preparations in Turkey on Sunday, being put through their paces by coach Bert van Marwijk, although seven players - who still have club commitments - are yet to come into camp.
Aaron Mooy, Josh Risdon, Mat Ryan, Mathew Jurman, Milos Degenek, Tom Rogic and Mile Jedinak are scheduled to meet up with the squad "at varying stages over the coming week."
The Aussies will train at their base in Antalya before taking on Czech Republic in a friendly on June 1 in St Polten, Austria - after which the unlucky three players will be informed of their omission from the final 23-man group.
The Socceroos begin their World Cup campaign on June 16 against France in Kazan.