Australiaâ€™s Lucas Neill has highlighted the importance of producing winning results over big teams such as Germany.
The Socceroos put aside a tardy start to record their first win over the worldâ€™s third-ranked team with a 2-1 victory in Monchengladbach this morning and despite it only being a friendly, Neill was delighted with the way his side performed.
It was also vital for the morale of the squad to hit back with a good showing after the World Cup debacle which saw them lose 4-0 to the Germans in their opening game in Durban.
â€œThis is great for the future of the game in our country: by knocking off big teams, we keep surprising ourselves with good performances and give the young lads an amazing platform to build on,'' Neill said. â€œThis will make us stronger.
â€œIt is important to keep getting results like this. We'd have taken this result in the World Cup, but we live and learn and we'll be a better team for it and that is important for the country.''