Syria experience an advantage for Caltex Socceroos: Goodwin

Winger Craig Goodwin believes the Caltex Socceroos’ play-off win Syria last month will give them the edge in the winner-takes-all tie with Honduras.

Ange Postecoglou’s men booked their spot in the intercontinental play-off against the Central Americans after overcoming Syria 3-2 on aggregate over two legs in October.

And Goodwin believes the experience in the make-or-break atmosphere of a must-win tie will work in Australia’s favour over the next week.

“It’s a little bit of an advantage,” the Sparta Rotterdam star told FFA TV.

“It’s not the way we wanted to go through to the World Cup but playing against Syria over the two legs was a good test.

“We have a good squad and good quality in the team. It’s going to be tough but I really think we have the squad to make the World Cup.”

Craig Goodwin on the raining pitch in Honduras.
Craig Goodwin on the raining pitch in Honduras.

Goodwin admits he “doesn’t know what to expect” from Honduras as yet, but is adamant the Caltex Socceroos will learn all they need to know from the coaching staff ahead of Saturday morning’s (AEDT) first leg.

The 25-year-old comes into Camp Socceroo in confident mood, having played some excellent football for Sparta in the Eredivisie recently.

He admits being in peak condition for these matches has been a major factor in his exploits at club level.

“It’s my biggest motivator to be on national stage as a young Australian footballer is what you want,” Goodwin said.

“To be here is massive for me and to be here for the two biggest games in a long time is a good feeling.

“Hopefully we can get the job done and enjoy being here.”