Leckie pleased with 'modern' Van Marwijk's Caltex Socceroos plans

Key winger Mathew Leckie has embraced the encouraging early evidence of new coach Bert van Marwijk's plans for the Caltex Socceroos.

In his first camp in charge, Van Marwijk has laid the foundations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup campaign by urging the use of quick, crisp passing.

The Dutchman's approach has made a positive impression on Leckie, who is in line to win his 50th cap when Australia meet Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo on Saturday morning (AEDT). 

"His history shows he's a great coach," Leckie told reporters.

"He's been here and he knows how it is. Just the couple of meetings we've had have been really convincing. 

"He wants to move the ball quickly and play fast. We'll look more over that in the next few days but I think he really wants to play the modern way.

"The more we do, the better we'll get at it. He hasn't really cemented the formation we'll play but we trained the 4-2-3-1 yesterday."

Bert van Marwijk
Van Marwijk coached Netherlands to the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

Leckie will notch up a half-century of international appearances if he features against either Norway or Colombia in London next week.

The 27-year-old, who debuted for Australia in 2012, already boasts a catalogue of fond memories, including a breakout role at the last FIFA World Cup and subsequent success at the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

"It's a huge accomplishment for me," the Hertha Berlin man said.

"It's all happened pretty quick. I've only been part of the national team for four years but I've been able to stay healthy and play the majority of games.

"I've had a lot of success with the Asian Cup and big moments in qualifying.

"It's been an incredible journey and hopefully many more to come."