Middlesbrough’s Williams intent on winning back Socceroos spot

Middlesbrough midfielder Rhys Williams is determined to win back his spot in the Australian national team.

Middlesbrough midfielder Rhys Williams is determined to win back his spot in the Australian national team.

The 22-year old, who is as comfortable in defence as he is in the centre of the park, was dropped on the eve of the World Cup because of injury and is now intent on proving himself to new manager Holger Osieck.

"In the long run I think it may have been a blessing in that I'm even hungrier and more driven to help my country get to the next one and hopefully have a more influential role," Williams told Middlesbrough’s official website.

"It was heartbreaking to tell the truth, to miss out on what is the biggest tournament in anyone's life was really hard to take at first.

"Saying that, if I did go with my health and fitness not at 100 percent, I really feel I couldn't perform to my maximum and really didn't want to let myself and both the managers down."

Williams admitted he was frustrated by the pelvis injury but said it was important to remain patient and get things right so he can serve both club and country at optimum fitness levels.

‘I don't really want to set a timeline and let people down if I'm not ready by then, but also I could be ready soon,” he added.

"It's really hard to say right now and I just concentrate on recovering and get stronger so I can come back and be a better player all round.

"The worst thing for footballers is injuries and yes, of course frustration kicks in a lot.

"When things are going bad or when things are looking really good it makes no difference to the frustration, as I just want to be on the pitch again playing for the fans and the manager."