Socceroos tougher and wiser: Spiranovic

Matthew Spiranovic believes the Socceroos recent tough road trips to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will ensure they won’t be ambushed by Jordan in Friday morning’s (AEDT) FIFA Russia World Cup 2018™ Qualifier in Amman.

“The more games the team plays together we’re exposed to those environments and crowds it puts us in a much better position for future challenges,” Spiranovic told FFA TV.

“A lot of us boys have that experience now and we can use that to our advantage when we play teams that we're going to face next.

“…The fans are very supportive and passionate and the players fed off that and lifted. That’s the case when you play against these countries, especially when they are playing Australia, they tend to lift and you have to be on your game.”

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Matt Spiranovic also started despite being in doubt ahead of kick-off with a virus.

At 27, Spiranovic is becoming a central figure in Ange Postecoglou’s side and is the only player in the Socceroos squad to have played every minute of every qualifier so far.

Asked what he makes of the side’s progress through qualifying so far, the central defender said: “It’s very positive.

“Three wins from three games is always a great way to start. I think we’ve built on each performance, improved on each game and that’s the most pleasing thing.

“We’ll be looking to do the same for the rest of the campaign. Jordan on seven points just behind us. To win on [Friday morning] would give us a nice lead and set us up for the rest of the campaign.”