Matt McKay says the Socceroos will be fired up to make a splash at the Asian Cup after coach Ange Postecoglou’s pep talk in recent days.
"It’s a once in a lifetime tournament for us,” McKay said on Friday.
“Ange has made that clear to us, we're never going to have this opportunity again.
"The expectations are there more so than at the World Cup but I think we can handle it."
A win would be ideal to start the tournament next Friday night when Kuwait face the Socceroos at Melbourne’s Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park).
And with Kuwait the opposition for McKay’s Socceroo debut some eight years ago, he’s hoping to have another crack at the Gulf nation after coming on as a late substitute in 2006 at Allianz Stadium in a 2-0 win.
McKay conceded midfield was a tough area to break into for a starting spot in this national team, something he said was necessary particularly given the shorter turnaround for group games at the Asian Cup.
“We know that maybe they [Kuwait] are seen as the weaker side in the group but we’re doing our homework and making sure we’re ready for everything they throw at us,” he said.
“The whole squad will be needed for the whole tournament so it won’t be the same eleven for every game, so everyone has to be ready."
The Brisbane Roar FC midfielder was one of the 23 squad members who trained in hot conditions today at Collingwood’s training base today.
McKay added he expected the intensity will ramp up as the Kuwait game nears.
“We trained a bit earlier this morning and it was a bit of a lighter session and work our way up to that Friday game next week."
He added: "Ange wants us to play entertaining, attacking football but that needs to translate into wins.”
Make sure you get your family and friends together and RISE with the Socceroos! Tickets are available by clicking here www.socceroos.com.au/tickets
Join us on our journey throughout the AFC Asian Cup 2015 in January by downloading the Official Socceroos app! Download the app through the App Store or Google Play store, or CLICK HERE
Poll results: Fans vote for Cahill call-up
We're not too far away from the Socceroos' second Group C FIFA World Cup™ match against Denmark, live at 10pm on SBS and Optus Sport. Before the crucial encounter against the Scandinavian nation, we asked you - the fans - to vote for who you think should be in Bert van Marwij
Milicic's clue for Denmark approach
Ante Milicic has absorbed his fair share of huge football matches from the Socceroos dugout in recent times. But the Socceroos Assistant Coach says tonight's encounter with Denmark will be bigger than anything he's ever faced. TALKING POINTS: Van Marwijk's change up that co
'I'm not convinced anymore': Dane worried by Socceroos
Hyundai A-League star Michael Jakobsen was confident Denmark would beat Australia comfortably at the World Cup, but the Socceroos' performance against France now has him less convinced. Australia's display against one of the tournament favourites in Kazan on Saturday drew prai
How to watch, follow Socceroos v Denmark
The Socceroos will be in search of a vital win against their Scandinavian opponents tonight to keep their FIFA World Cup™ dream alive. It will be the fourth meeting between Australia and Denmark in Thursday night's clash at the Samara Arena, with the Socceroos last tasting vic