Tim Cahill has heaped praise on Australian national team boss Holger Osieck for the way has rejuvenated the playing group.
The German tactician has been giving chances to new Socceroos hopefuls in recent years and former Everton ace Cahill suggests that the transition from the 'golden era' of Australian players ahead of the 2014 World Cup has gone fairly well.
"I think it is fantastic," Cahill told FIFA.com.
"What Holger is trying to do is incorporate new players over a period over time.
"You have to slowly put the ingredients together and make sure that you don't push things too quickly.
"We are at a stage now where the ability and stature of the boys is fantastic.
"It is great to be one of the older players that guides and leads. It is a different aspect but one that is really enjoyable.
"To see these kids help the team and push us for spots I couldn't be happier."