Socceroos fledging defender Jason Davidson has revealed that while sharing a pool with current champions Spain, it is a young and re-building Dutch outfit he is most weary of leading into June’s 2014 Soccer World Cup.
Widely known for arrogance both on and off the pitch in competitions gone by, Davidson told News Limited he and his team mates are expecting a far-more focused and humble Oranje when meeting face-to-face on June 19th.
“My perception is that they won’t have that arrogance they have been known for over the years … they believe they have nothing to be cocky about” Davidson said.
“Like us, they are a team in transition and, like us, have a lot of young players.
“I think they are not coming into the tournament taking anything for granted and they believe when they play Australia it will be a tough game”
Having met the Dutch on just three prior occasions on the football pitch, the Socceroos boast an impressive record of two victories and one draw; however Davidson believes history will play no part in the outcome of a World Cup fixture.
“I have pointed out to them that they have never beaten Australia … but, to be honest, that is in the past. Playing a World Cup is a different matter” Davidson added.
Plying his trade weekly for Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, Davidson is arguably Australia’s key weapon in a match that could be the difference in progressing to the knock-out stages of the 2014 Soccer World Cup.
“It has made a huge difference playing week in, week out and I think my statistics show that” Davidson said.
“I’m honoured to be in the 30-man squad but there is still a lot of work to do. I need to work hard in the camp and give Ange no reason to leave me out of the final 23-man squad.”
A final squad of 23 for the 2014 Soccer World Cup will be confirmed by coach Ange Postecoglou on June 2nd.