Australia national team goalkeeper Mat Ryan claimed that his team are getting better than the one that played at the 2014 World Cup.
Socceroos recorded a disappointing result in the previous World Cup in Brazil, when they failed to qualify from the group stage after losing all three games against Netherlands, Spain and Chile.
However, there was a quick improvement guidance since the beginning of last year, especially after winning the 2015 Asian Cup and now cruised into the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Ange Postecoglou’s men won comfortalby 7-0 over Tajikistan and 5-1 over Jordan in their last two World Cup qualifier games, which also put themselves advanced to the 2019 Asian Cup final rounds.
“It wasn’t too long ago, with all due respect to past Socceroos, that we were struggling against this type of opposition,” the 23-year-old custodian told Fairfax Media.
“We have an enormous amount of confidence and we’re the champions of Asia. No matter who we’re playing – be it Germany, Netherlands or whoever – we’ve shown we can take it to teams.
“We’re a better team now than at the World Cup and everyone who comes in buys into what we’re trying to do. The togetherness of the squad is very important, we get on like a big family. We’re enjoying the football.”
Australia will face England in an away friendly match at the Stadium of Light on May 27 before hosting two friendly games against Greece in June.