ALEX GERSBACH – 

I’m used to waking up early to watch the Socceroos.

I’ve been doing it since I was a young kid.

I even remember watching the World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay in 2005.

So to know that I will be playing in these two upcoming games against Honduras, with similar qualifying pressure at stake, is an incredible feeling.

When you take a step back from it all, and think about it like that, it really hits you.

We’ve touched down in Honduras on Wednesday, and you can feel the excitement in the air.

Personally, I have felt the anticipation building for the past month, since the draw came out.

Of course, it’s all I’ve been thinking about when I was at home in Norway.

I’m sure the other boys would say the same thing.

Friday can’t come quick enough; we just want to get out there, get the job done and take a good result with us back home, when we have our country behind us at ANZ Stadium.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest the two upcoming games against Honduras are probably the biggest our country has been involved in since the famous Uruguay series.

No one knows that better than Tim Cahill, who as mentioned was part of that campaign.

To be playing in the same team as someone who I used to wake up in the middle of the night to watch is surreal.

It’s really special to feed off athletes like that, and not just Tim; there are guys in the squad like Mile Jedinak and Aaron Mooy who provide strong leadership in the changerooms.

At just 20 years of age, I know it’s something I would appreciate and look back on for many years to come (to secure World Cup place). 

I’m thrilled to be here in Honduras. I don’t want to take this opportunity for granted.

I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be than right here, fighting for us and fighting for our country.