Gung-ho Socceroos won’t change

Ange Postecoglou has a simple message for the doubters wanting the Socceroos to temper their gung-ho approach in the 'group of death' in Brazil, declaring it simply won't be happening.

In one of the biggest challenges the national team has ever faced in their proud history, the Socceroos are just days away from starting their huge World Cup hurdle against Chile, Netherlands and Spain.

After a 1-1 draw with a below-strength South Africa in the farewell friendly in Sydney last month, there is a fear the Socceroos could cop a battering from their world-class opposition if they maintain their attack-at-all-costs mentality.

Australia also has one of the youngest and most inexperienced squads at the tournament.

But none of that is any concern to a bullish Postecoglou, who remains driven to mould this side into an embodiment of his confident and aggressive self.

Asked if there was a chance he'd tone back his attacking style due to the calibre of opponents, Postecoglou fired: "Everyone wants me to but it's just not me.

"Like everything in life, once you have a belief very few people change their beliefs and I'm no different.

"That's the way I want my teams to play and that's the way I think the Australian football public want their teams to play.

"My teams tend to reflect my nature. I'm pretty ambitious and I like to surround myself with similar type of people and people who are brave enough to do things maybe a little bit differently and play in a proactive style and defy the odds.

"That's what I've done throughout my whole career and I hope the team's I coach reflect that."

It's that staunch commitment to his morals and style that should show Socceroos fans and rivals alike this team is going to Brazil just to make up the numbers.

But happy with just being there' is not part of Postecoglou's DNA.

"There isn't a lot of caps [in our squad] but we've come through a period where it's been a consistent group that's played every game so we need to start again and that's what we've done," he said.

"But if an opportunity presents itself at this World Cup we're not going to bypass it just because we're supposedly looking too far ahead.

"I don't want them to go to this World Cup for just an experience.

"We need to be ready for it and we will be and the message to the players from day one has been clear.

"We're preparing ourselves and getting ready to play our best games at the World Cup."

The lead up to the World Cup is the first time since taking charge Postecoglou has had an extended period with the players to start putting his imprint on the team.

While it hasn't always been smooth sailing, the 48-year-old coach can see his message getting through to the group.

One thing that has struck the veteran coach is the confidence in the group, especially among the younger players.

"Any young men you talk to are always pretty fearless," Postecoglou said.

"Unless I tell them there is something to fear they won't know any different and I don't think there is.

"It's a game of football played for the highest possible stakes but what a great opportunity.

"We won't be daunted that's for sure."

The Socceroos play Croatia in a friendly next Friday night (kick off 9am AEST time Saturday morning live on Fox Sports) ahead of their tournament opener against Chile on June 13.

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