Fearless Socceroos an exciting prospect, says Milligan

Mark Milligan has declared the Socceroos group of fresh and young faces will head to the World Cup with no fear of taking on the world's best.

Speaking after he was selected in Ange Postecoglou's preliminary 30-man squad for Brazil, Milligan hailed the new culture and atmosphere in the national set-up and is excited about the side's prospects.

On a huge day for Australian football, the Socceroos ushered in a new generation of stars with the likes of Curtis Good, Tom Rogic, Bailey Wright, Adam Taggart and Josh Brillante all part of a youthful squad.

And Milligan is confident the tender age and inexperience of the majority of the side won't be overawed about taking on the likes of Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in Brazil.

"I've played with and against and know quite well these young boys and it's really exciting for myself and the team," Milligan told www. after the announcement in Sydney.

"Having such a young team they will bring with them a certain degree of fearlessness into this tournament and that's a big thing and very exciting.

"You can't teach that to anyone. It's a trait of the young I guess and that's something to embrace.

"I know from day one it's going to be flat out and hopefully the boys will drive that.

"We're going to a World Cup, these guys are delighted to be there and will want to take responsibility for themselves and the success of the team."

The preliminary Socceroos squad will begin a camp in Gosford from Thursday leading up to the send-off match against South Africa in Sydney on May 26th.

Two days later a squad of 27 will depart for Brazil before Postecoglou names his final 23-man squad in Brazil on June 2.

Milligan said the next two-week camp would be vital for every player to put their best foot forward if they wanted to be on the plane to the tournament.

Having been to the last two World Cups as a squad player – but not playing in a single game – the Melbourne Victory skipper is determined to make the most of this opportunity.

"As a kid you dream about World Cups and playing in big tournaments and playing for your country," Milligan said

"I've felt in the last year and a half I've been fortunate enough to see a lot more game time and I really feel in myself I have something to give to this team on the park.

"To be able to do that in qualifying is something I haven't been able to do previously. Now I want to make sure I'm performing well in the next two or three weeks to first get on the plane to Brazil and then push for a starting spot then.

"Obviously it's an extremely tough group but you get to play against the best players in the world and there's no greater feat for a footballer than to challenge yourself against the best."

With no Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenovski in the squad, there is a lack of experience in the centre of defence, opening the door for the versatile Milligan to potentially fill that role if needed.

While he admits he would do anything to be part of the starting XI against Chile on June 13, the 28-year-old feels he can do a better job alongside skipper Mile Jedinak in midfield.

"The consistency in my game is due to be able to play one position. It took me a long time to be able to cement that down at club level and secondly at international level," Milligan said.

"I've worked extremely hard on my body, the way I prepare will be very different to way you play at the back.

"If need be I'd never say no to anything for the national team but I've worked hard to get a spot in that midfield area and I want to keep it."

The final chance to see the Socceroos on home soil before they head to Brazil 2014 will be when they take on South Africa in a farewell game on May 26 in Sydney. Tickets for the match, presented by NAB, are on sale now. Click here to secure yours today.