Australia captain Lucas Neill has vowed to fight to the end to keep his country's FIFA World Cup™ dream alive. The Socceroos' campaign in South Africa is widely expected to come to an end Wednesday as they take on Serbia in their final Group D game in Nelspruit.
Pim Verbeek's side have just one point from two matches and a goal difference of minus four. They must beat Serbia to have any hope of progressing but even then their chances will hinge on the outcome of Ghana's clash with Germany in Johannesburg.
Nevertheless Neill, who at 32 is one of a clutch of Aussies that may find another FIFA World Cup beyond them, is determined not to go down quietly. The former Blackburn and West Ham defender said: "It is the biggest game we have played to date and the most important.
"It is a World Cup game and we are not going to get another chance for four years - if we ever get a chance. It could be the end of the line. We can't take for granted a World Cup so we are going make sure if we go down, we go down with a fight. We are going to make sure we fight to the very end to give us the opportunity of keeping our dream alive.
"Then, who knows, we could be here for another one, two or three games. We need a good performance to try to produce what not many people think we can do - to win the game and win it well. Fingers crossed that keeps the dream alive."