Rogic seeks World Cup redemption in Russia after victory over Honduras
Tom Rogic - one of the second-half game changers for the Caltex Socceroos - is relishing the chance to go to a first World Cup after his heartbreak of Brazil 2014.
Back then, Rogic's chances of playing in a World Cup in the South American nation were cruelled by injury, with the Celtic midfielder going to Brazil but failing to make the final cut for Ange Postecoglou's squad.
Now, after his exciting second half helped break Honduras' resistance on Wednesday night, his World Cup redemption is just over seven months away following Australia's 3-1 win in their intercontinental playoff.
"Obviously missed the last one [World Cup] through injury but that seems like a world away now," he told Fox Sports with a big smile.
"I'm really proud to represent my country in front of my family and friends. And to have a World Cup to look forward to."
It was Rogic's brilliant burst into the heart of Honduras' defence that won Australia the free kick that cracked open the contest just after the break.
"It's been long... and very hard," Rogic said when asked about the epic 22-game qualification campaign.
"We're situated all around the world. You have that pride of representing the whole of Australia. It's hard to put into words.
"I feel we got nothing less than we deserve," he added.
"We got our rewards today."