Luke Wilkshire has promised Australia will fight to the death in their bid to qualify for the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Australia's prospects of getting through the group stage took a massive hit in the opening game against Germany as the Socceroos lost 4-0. They sit bottom of Group D, but Wilkshire is adamant the result will not impact upon the Socceroos' desire to prove themselves worthy of a last 16 spot.
"We've definitely got the character in the team and the spirit," he said. "We know that we can do better. We know there's a possibility there and we are going to be fighting to the end."
We've definitely got the character in the team and the spirit. We know that we can do better.
Wilkshire believes a positive mindset will be crucial if the Socceroos to secure wins against Ghana and Serbia and progress through the group. "There's two games to play for, six points to get and if we do that we get through," he said.
"We're professionals, we know what it's about. It's a game that we missed out on but we've got two more matches and two opportunities to try and get through the group. We need to be up for it."
Fellow defender Craig Moore agreed the Socceroos must remain positive and improve their decision-making at both ends of the park in the remaining matches. "There were a couple of poor decisions on our behalf in the Germany game that gifted them goals," he said. "They are a very good international side and you can't let teams like that score early in games."