Underdog tag suits Australia – Brisbane Roar’s Stefanutto

Brisbane Roar recruit Shane Stefanutto believes the underdog tag will suit the Australian national team at next month’s World Cup.

Brisbane Roar recruit Shane Stefanutto believes the underdog tag will suit the Australian national team at next month’s World Cup.

Stefanutto, who recently joined the Roar from A-League rivals North Queensland Fury, knows the Socceroos face tough opponents in South Africa but he thinks that being underrated will be a good thing for the players.

"I think it is a good group to have they are all really difficult opponents but I think going in as the underdogs suits us and think the players will definitely rise to the challenge," he told the PFA’s official website.

The 30-year old was a fringe national team player earlier this season, before sustaining a serious knee injury that shattered his World Cup dream, but he believes that he was never really a chance to be a part of the squad that would go to represent the nation.

"I was pretty realistic about my chances of going to the World Cup, I think it would have been a good effort to make the 30 man squad and it may have been unlikely making the final 23 man squad,” he added.

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