The Caltex Socceroos will have a fully fit skipper when they embark on their first match in the Bert van Marwijk era.
Mile Jedinak sat alongside his new national coach at the pre-game media conference ahead of Saturday morning's clash with Norway in chilly Oslo.
Australia’s inspirational captain has been affected by injuries in recent times and missed last year's Confederations Cup in Russia.
But he's been a fixture in his Aston Villa side as they push for promotion back to the Premier League.
“I had a little spell out at the start of the season but I’m really excited to be back here,” said Jedinak, who debuted for his country 10 years ago.
“I’m enjoying my football, I’m happy to be around this group again, happy to be meeting some new faces and getting down to business and down to the work.
“As you get a little bit older you have the experience to deal with certain things, even the way certain games go.
“Just being able to contribute not only here but back in clubland, it's nice to do that on a daily basis.
“Hopefully I can do that leading up to the World Cup and beyond,” he added.
The Caltex Socceroos have travelled from all corners of the globe to link up for matches against Norway and Colombia.
But Jedinak – who had a relatively short hop from the UK – said the players are used to the reality of representing their country.
“Obviously when you play for this national team you understand [travel] could be a difficulty,” he said.
“But I think if you prepare yourself mentality for it then you forget about what may be troubling you at the time.
“I haven't had to travel too far this time so I’m grateful for that.
“There are a couple of boys that came in a couple of days later than everyone else and it puts you a step behind.
“Hopefully come the game tomorrow tonight everyone will be ready and fully focussed on that game.”
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