Fit-again Tom Rogic from Celtic FC is excited about building on his combination in the Socceroos’ new-look midfield in Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ Qualifier against Jordan.
The Celtic playmaker made his long-awaited return to the Socceroos squad in last month’s qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan after more than a year out through injury.
And Rogic made an immediate impact, starring in the two comfortable wins and forming and thrilling partnership with the likes of Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo in the Socceroos' creative engine-room.
“They are very good players and it’s nice to play with them,” Rogic told FFA TV.
“I think we performed well in both games. There’s so many options in the squad through midfield.
“It’s good for the team, good to have competition for places. I’m sure whoever plays on Thursday will do a good job.”
Having missed so much football through injury over the last couple of years, Rogic is relishing being back in Socceroo camp and having no issues with his body.
“It’s been a lot of hard work and time spent in recovery and rehab but I’m feeling really good now and doing well at club level,” the former Nike Chance winner said.
“Hopefully that can continue. [Getting back in the green and gold] was a big factor [during my injuries],” he added.
“It’s always nice to represent your country, a proud honour. Obviously for me, being injured for a while I almost had to take a step back from thinking about national team and club level.
“I just had get my body right and get back to full fitness, focus on playing games and then playing for the country will come off the back of that. That’s where my focus was.”