Taggart desperate for World Cup action

Not content with being a surprise inclusion in Australia's squad, Adam Taggart is so desperate to be involved in the World Cup, he's willing to play in any position for the Socceroos.

Named by Ange Postecoglou in the provisional 30-man training group, the 21-year-old appeared to face stiff competition even to be among the 27 players who travelled to Brazil.

But not only was the youngster on the plane to South America, a combination of Josh Kennedy's fitness troubles and his own form in training saw Taggart survive the final cut to a squad of 23.

The striker still has veteran Tim Cahill - a modern great of Australian football - ahead of him in the battle for a starting berth.

Undettered, the Newcastle Jets' prized asset will continue to push the vice-captain and the other players in Postecoglou's squad all the way in a bid to get on the field.

And it isn't just the forwards who should be looking over their shoulder.

"If an opportunity comes I'll take it with both hands and do the best possible job I can, no matter where it is," Taggart told Goal Australia.

"I wouldn't care if it's as a defender. I'd give an arm and a leg to be in the side in the World Cup. And that's my attitude going into training."

Asked if he had a preference for a position in the rearguard, Taggart joked: "Probably sweeper to be honest, I'd go back to the old (three at the back)."

Turning his attention to more serious matters, the Socceroo newcomer, like his team-mates, is expecting an intense, physcial contest in their tournament opener against Chile on Saturday morning.

"All of us have been looking at their game for a while now," he said.

"It's important to understand what they're going to be trying to do to us. Having experienced playing South American sides before, they're all about pressure and they want to push you off the park in terms of the intensity of their pressure and defending. They're all pretty sharp players who like to go forward.

"But at the same time we don't want to concentrate too much on their game. We're going to need to focus on how we can defend and catch them on the break. That's something we'll be doing to the best of our ability."

With Australia intending to attack Chile in a bid to blunt their aggressive approach, Taggart hopes the Socceroos can catch the South American side off guard in Cuiaba.

"I think it's important to make sure we go out there and show them what we want to do and show them that we're not there just to park the bus and try and scrape results," he said.

"We're there to show them that we want to play football. And I think that's what's going to surprise them the most."

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