Josh Brillante says the Young Socceroos are ready for their crucial FIFA U-20 World Cup showdown with El Salvador.
Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets midfielder Josh Brillante says he and his Young Socceroos teammates are ready for their crucial FIFA U-20 World Cup showdown with El Salvador on Wednesday morning.
The Young Socceroos are coming off a 1-1 draw with South American Champions Colombia, while El Salvador suffered a 3-0 defeat to host nation Turkey in their tournament opener.
“I think El Salvador are going to be a very tough team,” Brillante said.
“Like any team in a tournament like this it-s going to be exceptionally hard and I think if we just concentrate on how we play our game I think the results will follow.”
Brillante said the Young Socceroos squad is still on a high after their outstanding showing in their opening match.
“I think all the boys are feeling good after the game against Colombia,” he said.
“We put in a good performance and now we-re just looking forward to the next game.
“We were a little disappointed, because we could have come away with the three points, but a draw wasn-t too bad.
“I think we-re going to take a lot of confidence from that match knowing that Colombia were the South American Champions and beat Brazil and Argentina.”
Brillante said his World Cup experience is being made even more special by the fact he is able to share it with Jets teammates Connor Chapman, Andrew Hoole and Adam Taggart.
“It-s pretty amazing actually to have four of us in the same squad and playing together and it-s good for the Club as well,” Brillante said.
“Being selected for this team has shown that we-ve all been working very hard and we deserve to be here.”
The Young Socceroos face El Salvador at 1am on Wednesday morning Australian time. The match will be televised live on SBS 2.