Play forward and attack was the firm message to the Socceroos being screamed from coach Ange Postecoglou as he encourages his side to shed their conservatism in Brazil.
After spending Thursday with fans, some sick kids and at a glitzy dinner at the Opera House, it was straight back down to business on day 9 of the Socceroos camp in Sydney on Friday.
It was the first time the Socceroos boss has had all 30 players on the pitch at the same time, although midfielder Tom Rogic and goalkeeper Mitch Langerak were given the day off from training.
The morning started with the squad donning their full kit for their official World Cup team photo for all the players, coaches and support staff.
It was then out of match gear and into their training kit for another 90-minute hit-out in humid conditions at Kogarah Oval.
The session was conducted with some interested onlookers, with members of the Dutch and Chilean media in attendance for the first time.
And they will be reporting back to their respective nations another punishing and intense session, where the message from Postecoglou was to be positive and attack.
About halfway through the session during a seven-a-side possession game, the Socceroos boss made a point to stop the drill and stress the fact the squad was playing backwards too much.
It was the first real show of animation from Postecoglou in front of the media this week and a sure sign things are heating up in the Socceroos' preparations for Brazil.
Skipper Mile Jedinak (hip) and defender Curtis Good (hip) again trained away from the main group as they continued to work their way back to full fitness from injury.
The pair was consigned to just some casual running and stretching before a ball was incorporated into the session, with some easy dribbling through cones to round out their work for the day.
Good has already been ruled out of Monday's farewell clash against South Africa at ANZ Stadium, while Jedinak remains some chance but would need to return to full training over the weekend.
After a number of matches in recent months, striker Josh Kennedy and midfielder Dario Vidosic started the session with the main group but were spared too much of the physical stuff towards the end.
Postecoglou has just two more sessions with his squad before he will finalise his starting XI for the clash with Bafana Bafana.
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