In the Caltex Socceroos’ media guide for the FIFA Confederations Cup, the player profiles of Aaron Mooy and Tommy Rogic sit side-by-side.
That’s almost fitting, as this supremely gifted pair are set to combine in their national colours for many years to come.
And Russia 2017 is their time to shine.
At 26 and 24 respectively, Mooy and Rogic represent the exciting face of modern-day Australian football.
Mooy has just helped Huddersfield Town win promotion to the English Premier League, cramming his mantelpiece with awards and accolades along the way, including selection in the EFL Team of the Season.
Rogic was part of the Celtic side that swept all before it in Scotland in 2016/17 and scored a dramatic late winner in the Scottish Cup Final in front of nearly 50-thousand fans at Hampden Park.
After their standout domestic seasons, the focus now shifts to Russia.
Both are certain starters in Australia’s strongest eleven.
Within Ange Postecoglou’s new system, Mooy is likely to be one of the holding midfielders.
His part becomes even more important in the absence of experienced captain Mile Jedinak.
Rogic plays a more advanced role and – as he showed against Saudi Arabia recently – is capable of both scoring and creating goals for his country.
Passes between the two players will be both frequent and important.
Freeing up Rogic to weave his magic is a crucial part of Australia’s attacking strategy and Mooy’s ability to accurately find him in the area between the opposition midfield and defence is key to that.
If Rogic has time and space, he can hurt any team.
Mooy can give him that.
And these two are no longer the new boys on the block.
Both now have five years’ experience in the Caltex Socceroos, racking up well over 20 caps each.
They’re at the heart of what Australian football will look like both at Russia 2017 and – all going well – Russia 2018 and beyond.
Both are reaching the peak of their footballing powers and each could represent their country for the best part of the next decade.
Aaron Mooy and Tommy Rogic could feasibly play in the next two, or even three World Cups.
Their faces will certainly adorn the Caltex Socceroos media guide for the foreseeable future.
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