Melbourne Victory’s Thompson eyeing World Cup spot

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is eyeing in spot in next year’s World Cup squad.

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is eyeing in spot in next year’s World Cup squad.

The 30-year old was a part of Guus Hiddink’s squad that went to Germany and is hoping his form and fitness can carry him into Pim Verbeek’s roster for South Africa 2010.

“I've been working really hard the last couple of months. Obviously this is a World Cup year and I want to just put everything out there. I want to leave no stone unturned to give myself that opportunity to be in the World Cup. There's another year to go, I want to make sure I have every opportunity to do it," he said.

"You'd still like to be a part of qualifying for a World Cup. There's no better feeling. I remember from last time we qualified. I was still on a high for so many months afterwards. I'm sure the guys have the same feeling.”

The all-time A-League leading goal scorer has had a brilliant pre-season to date and is feeling as fit as he ever has.

"This is probably the longest pre-season I have ever had. There has been such a big break between the seasons, I've had time to take care of myself and gradually build myself up. I'm at a level I want to be and I want to keep improving that,” he added.

"I feel probably like I felt ten years ago. I think it’s just due to difference of training and the conditioning programs we have these days. Adam Basil has set out a terrific program. We have the opportunities to say to the coach, 'I'm a bit sore maybe if I have an easy week', they accommodate that, which is something I've never had.”

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