New Bournemouth signing Brad Smith says no one in the Australian camp is playing down the threat of Iraq in Thursday night's World Cup qualifier.
Not when the prize is so great, and the margin for error so fine.
The Socceroos are assembling in Perth before Thursday night's clash, which begins the final group stage on the long road to Russia.
Alex Gersbach will complete the 23-man squad when he arrives on Tuesday night, with fellow left-back Smith predicting a "very difficult" challenge.
Australia striker Adam Taggart knows he needs to produce the goods back home in Perth to jump start his international career.
Taggart burst onto the Socceroos scene in 2014, playing in matches against the Netherlands and Spain at the World Cup in Brazil.
His move to English Championship side Fulham on a three-year deal was meant to take Taggart's game to a new level.
Instead, a string of injuries brought his career to a grinding halt, with Taggart eventually making the tough decision to cut short...
Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon doesn't regret his decision to stay in the A-League, despite his initial snub for the Socceroos' looming World Cup qualifiers.
Risdon was initially overlooked for Thursday night's clash with Iraq in Perth and next week's showdown with the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.
But the 24-year-old was included in Ange Postecoglou's 23-man squad on Sunday after England-based defender Bailey Wright was ruled out due to a toe injury.
Risdon's stocks rose dramatically following...
A sprinkler ruined Trent Sainsbury's World Cup dream two years ago, and the Socceroos defender is hoping for a much smoother run to football's showpiece event this time around.
The 24-year-old has joined his fellow Socceroos in Perth before Thursday night's World Cup qualifier against Iraq at nib Stadium.
He was considered a World Cup bolter for Brazil in 2014, but then he broke his kneecap after landing on a sprinkler while making his debut for PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top flight.
The injury was...