Australia coach Pim Verbeek has praised his blue collar players, saying their lack of ego and team camaraderie will give them an edge at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

Speaking in Perth, the 54-year-old hailed his charges' professionalism and claimed they were making his job easy. "My players are the most professional players I've worked with," said Verbeek.

"Mark Schwarzer of course, Lucas Neill, Vince Grella, Timmy Cahill just to mention a few who just bring something extra into the team. You can see they don't allow any other person not to be professional.

I haven't had to do so much because my players control the dressing room. They enjoy being together, so the team spirit is fantastic.

Australia coach Pim Verbeek

"In my two-and-a-half years, I've never had one player come late to the bus, or too late for whatever it was. You can say that's normal. In the football world I promise you that's not normal."

Australia have been placed in one of the toughest groups in South Africa, alongside Germany, Serbia and Ghana. But Verbeek is hoping the team spirit will carry them through.

"So far in the last two-and-a-half years, I haven't had to do so much because my players control the dressing room.

"They enjoy being together, so the team spirit is fantastic. We have to be at our best and we have to do it all together."