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Melbourne Victory's Milligan: Exciting times ahead for youthful Socceroos

Melbourne Victory star Mark Milligan believes the Australian national team is in a very strong position with its refreshing youth policy.

The 30-man preliminary Socceroos squad is preparing for the 2014 World Cup at a training camp in Gosford and Milligan admits being surrounded by such a young group of players has certainly had its positives.

20 of the 30 players called in by Ange Postecoglou are aged 25 years or under which has prompted 27-times capped midfielder Milligan to speak of the enthusiasm and liveliness in training thus far.

"I think it's very exciting times," Milligan said.

"So I think, when you mix that with Ange's philosophies and the way he's able to get the best out of his players, it's going to be a very exciting tournament for us.

"…I think these players are definitely players that will adapt, and adapt quickly, and won't show resistance when it comes to learning what needs to be learnt."

Victory skipper Milligan added: "Everyone who was named in the 30 has an honest chance of making the 23.

"A good attitude and a willingness to work and learn makes it a very tough decision for Ange to pick that final 23 and I think it should be every player's goal to make it hard for him."

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