Tom Rogic ignoring Socceroos hype as Australia camp prepares for Brazil in Gosford – World Cup 2014

Where you lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our Socceroo Heroes training in our own backyard?

Of all the young faces in the Socceroos squad, no-one is surrounded by more hype than Tom Rogic, but the playmaker insists he does not feel the weight of expectation.

The 21-year-old former Central Coast Mariners player was back where it all began on Sunday, training in Gosford with the 15 other Socceroos already in camp.

Tim Cahill, Matthew Spiranovic, Matthew Leckie and Ben Halloran will join the group on Monday with the rest of the 30-man preliminary World Cup squad arriving during the week.

With nine international appearances, Rogic is the most capped of the young brigade in the squad.

Since his Socceroos debut in 2012 he has been considered a star in the making with coach Ange Postecoglou declaring him a “leading light” as he attempts to rebuild the side.

Now he is on the brink of getting to showcase his exciting, dynamic style on the greatest stage of all in Brazil.

But Rogic says he is not taking any notice of what the public expect of him.

“All the outside influence, I can’t control it,” he said on Sunday.

“You guys can say what you want and have your fun but I just keep focusing on myself.

“I set goals and targets within myself and I know where I want to be, what my targets are and as long as I’m on track then I’m happy.

“I keep my targets to myself, that’s it.”

Playing at a World Cup is no doubt one of those targets.

Postecoglou has played Rogic in both of his games at the helm so far against Coast Rica in November and Ecuador in March.

But with seven players still facing the axe with the final 23 to be named on June 2, Rogic says he is not getting complacent.

“You look at Ange’s past couple of teams he has a big emphasis on youth,” he said.

“At the same time it’s only if they are doing the job and performing well.

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