Former Australia international Tony Vidmar has praised current day star Mark Bresciano for his role in the team.
The 33-year old Al-Gharafa midfielder is a key player in Holger Osieck’s Socceroos side and former Rangers, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough defender Vidmar believes it is because of penchant for the big stage.
"In a game like Japan, where the team's under pressure, he always wants the ball, is always happy to receive it.
"He's played at the highest level for a long time - he has a good reading of the game and good technique and that gives a reassurance to those around him.
"Bresh is first and foremost a team player, and he just sets such a good example. Everything he does is how a footballer should be - he's still working on his game, never happy with where it's at.
"Everything he does is about being at the top of his game, the way he respects his body, and I hope that example continues to rub off on those around him."