Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mile Jedinak.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mile Jedinak.

‘Anything is possible’: Roos World Cup celebrations

SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak isn't sure how Australia will perform at the 2018 World Cup, but he only sees positives going forward.

Australia's hat-trick hero thanked thousands of Socceroos fans at the public celebration at Martin Place, where Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also praised the national team after qualifying for Russia.

Jedinak was immensely proud of the Socceroos achievement, and while he isn't sure how Australia will perform at the World Cup, he is hoping Ange Postecoglou will be there to help lead the team.

"To have done it, to have been done of this group to have done it, and to have been part of this group to do it, I'm very, very proud," Jedinak told Fox Sports News.

He added: "The fans have been absolutely first class and we couldn't have done it without you."

When asked about Australia's chances in Russia, Jedinak said: "I don't like to put limits on anything but this campaign has taught us anything is possible."

"We've had our ups and downs through this campaign but over this last week and a half it's definitely been an up and something we can take positives from."

On Postecoglou's future, Jedinak said: "I don't know if there's a lot of convincing to do. The boss is his own person. He has full belief in us as we have full belief in him."

"I like to think he'll be there."

Tomi Juric is hoping Postecoglou stays on as coach, and attributed his "childhood dream" coming true to the togetherness of the group.

"He's [Postecoglou] been a crucial part," said Juric.

"He's the driving force of this team and he's done a fantastic job for us. We all believe in him and what he's done for us and it shows in the results on the pitch.

"Football's a funny game. We don't know how things are going to turn out. Obviously we all want him to stay around but we'll wait and see what happens."

He added: "For me personally, a childhood dream come true. Something that I dreamed of as a young boy. My family came from Croatia when they were quite young. My father always dreamed of us playing at the World Cup and it's just great to finally get that off the bucket list.

"I think the next step is to stay fit, strong and keep focused on these next nine months ahead of us and make sure we're ready."

Juric explained that the team's "second to none" togetherness was a massive factor in the result.

"Everyone knows that when we come here it's just like a group of family so that's just how we feel about each other," Juric said.

"We're just so comfortable with each other. It's second to none; the feeling when we come into camp.

"Mile said his missed it so much being amongst the boys and I think that's simply why. We are just so good together. Something we really, really deserve."

That was echoed by Prime Minister Turnbull.

"29 months, 22 games and last night qualified and you're on the way to Moscow and the World Cup," said Turnbull.

"Today its 12 years since John Aloisi scored that goal against Uruguay and Mark Milligan was there. He was just a child at the time but still in the team... What a great game. Mile Jedinak the captain, three goals. That's a captain's knock... Great job Socceroos, onto the World Cup, onto Russia, onto victory."

Postecoglou said: "It is overwhelming. Coaching your own country is the highest honour you can have but it does have an extra burden."

"It's been a great journey, I'm super proud... It's been a long road and a hard road."



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