All eyes on Chile opener

Defender Alex Wilkinson says the Socceroos are fully recovered from their friendly defeat to Croatia and focusing on the job at hand five days out from their World Cup opener.

The 29-year-old will be favoured to start alongside Matthew Spiranovic in central defence for the match against Chile after the pair combined strongly in the 1-0 defeat on the weekend.

Speaking exclusively to FFA TV, Wilkinson said the game was just what the team needed with the emphasis on preparing for their South American opposition.

“The Croatia game was great, a lot of the boys got 90 minutes which they needed and it definitely served its purpose,” said Wilkinson.

“Now the focus is fully on Chile and we’re looking forward to an exciting week.”

The K-League defender also cast his eye over Group H, predicting Belgium as the dark house to win the tournament. He also felt the country where he currently plays - Korea Republic were certainly not to be discounted.

Watch the full interview with Wilkinson to see how the Socceroos week is shaping up and his insight into what fellow Asian qualifiers Korea Republic will bring to the tournament.

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