Defender Ryan McGowan has declared the Caltex Socceroos won’t be intimidated by the hostile 65,000 crowd and a fired-up opponent in Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA World Cup qualifier in Saudi Arabia.
A sell-out crowd of around 65,000 is expected at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah for the clash between the top two sides in the group.
“If you look at where most of the boys play, we are playing in front of big crowds and intimidating crowds every single week,” McGowan told FFA TV.
“We enjoy that, we embrace it and it’s better for us to play in stadiums that are packed and hostile than playing in front of no one.
“We enjoy that situation and again hopefully it will be a big crowd on Thursday night and we can get a good result and then it will be an even bigger crowd back in Melbourne against Japan.”
McGowan is expected to start at right back against Saudi Arabia after Milos Degenek was ruled out of the squad last week through injury.
And the 27-year-old, who plays for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League, has been a lucky charm for the Caltex Socceroos recently.
Of the four stars McGowan has made in the last 12 months, the side has yet to concede a goal with him on the pitch.
“I’m just enjoying it. The squad that the boss [Ange Postecoglou] has built is really good. It doesn’t matter who fills in, everyone knows their roles, everyone knows their position,” he said.
“Our main objective is to get to Russia so if that’s me playing four games in three years or playing every single game, it’s up to me when I get that chance to make sure I don’t put a foot wrong and keep a clean sheet as a defender and we progress from there.
“The fullback position is one that has been chopped and changed a little and as one of the players in those positions you want to be doing well and making sure it’s more difficult for him to take you out of the team than to put you in,” McGowan added.
Aussies Abroad: Mooy makes Brighton bow as Ryan helps secure draw with West Ham
Aaron Mooy made his Brighton & Hove Albion debut as Mat Ryan?s late heroics earned the Seagulls a share of the points against West Ham United. Javier Hernandez put the Hammers ahead on 61 minutes but Leandro Trossard?s struck four minutes later to restore parity in the Premier
Aussies Abroad: Taggart's hot streak continues with treble for Suwon against Gangwon
Adam Taggart hit his first hat-trick in more than five years to continue his scorching hot K-League goalscoring streak. The Caltex Socceroos hitman netted a treble in Suwon Bluewings? 3-1 victory at Gangwon FC to rack up 16 goals in 19 starts since his February move to the Kor
Australia come from behind to book ticket to AFF U-18 Championship Final
The Young Socceroos completed a late comeback to beat Myanmar 2-1 and advance to the AFF U-18 Championship Final. Australian goalkeeper Noah Paul James made a fine save from Aung Ko Oo's effort early on, while Bradley Chick made Myanmar gloveman Pyae Phyo Thu stretch in respon
Aussies Abroad: Leckie deployed in new role in Hertha's thrilling Bundesliga clash with Bayern Munich
Matthew Leckie was handed a new role by Hertha Berlin head coach Ante Covic in a high-octane 2-2 draw with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. The Caltex Socceroo was regularly deployed in an attacking position by former chief Pal Dardai but the Hungarian was replaced in the o