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Australian Football: Victory ace ready to shine for Socceroos

Melbourne Victory striker Nicholas D’Agostino says his confidence is sky high and he hopes to be given a chance to shine for the Socceroos on Thursday night.

Australia are priced at 500/1 to win the 2022 World Cup and now face two crucial qualifiers against Japan and Saudi Arabia when they hope to book their place on the plane.

Bang in form

D’Agostino has earned his first call-up to the Socceroos squad following an impressive season in the A-League with Victory following his move from Perth Glory.

The young forward has banged in five goals in his last three games and is hoping he gets the chance to add to his tally against Japan.

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D’Agostino may not have played for the Socceroos but he has played in big games for the Olyroos and helped them qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

He also bagged a couple of goals against Japanese opposition last week when playing Victory in the Asian Champions League showdown against Vissel Kobe.

Sky-high confidence

It means his confidence could not be higher and he now wants to play his part in taking Australia to the World Cup.

"Playing against Japanese players I know what to expect," the 24-year-old said. "I know they're good technically, tactically, physically.

"They're very sharp on the ball but I've had this conversation with Arnie after that game once he congratulated me on the phone, they're not great defensively.

"So there's plenty of opportunity to score goals, as you saw on Wednesday night. We did that, scored three away from home. At the moment I'm flying high, hopefully I can get out on the pitch on Thursday and just help the team anyway I can."

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