The mood within Olyroos camp is high ahead of Friday night’s clash with New Zealand, according to goalkeeper Tom Glover.
It bodes well for fans flocking to Wollongong tonight to see some of Australia’s brightest young talents in action against the Kiwis.
Gary van Egmond’s side take on New Zealand at WIN Stadium in the first of a two-match series that serves as crucial preparation before January’s qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It will mark the first time in close to eight years that the Olyroos have played on home soil, and the first since the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification campaign in March.
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And for ex-Tottenham Hotspur man Glover – who joined Hyundai A-League club Melbourne City in August – it is a matter of kicking on from their successful campaign in Cambodia.
“We’ve started from where we left off,” Glover told www.socceroos.com.au.
“A lot of these boys were in Cambodia and there’s a couple of new faces as well, so it’s good to meet new boys and they’ve fitted in very well - we're a very tight knit group.
“We won games over there and we want to keep that rolling into these games in Wollongong and Campbelltown.
“It's also good to work with Gary and the other staff that have come in, nothings really changed in terms of our preparation.
“We just want to keep that winning mentality and see where it takes us.”
Glover is one of five Melbourne City representatives in the squad, alongside Nathaniel Atkinson, Denis Genreau, Connor Metcalfe and Lachlan Wales
The cohort combined for the largest representation from a Hyundai A-League club.