Set to watch the World Cup 'from the other side of the fence' for the since time since 2002, Brett Emerton says his young Socceroos successors have a chance to make themselves household names with their performances in Brazil.
Former Blackburn Rovers and Feyenoord star Emerton was a mainstay of the Australian teams that went to the 2006 and 2010 tournaments, before calling time on his playing career in February after a farewell stint in the A-League.
Speaking to Goal Australia on the red carpet ahead of the Socceroos' official farewell dinner at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday night, the 34-year-old believes the chance is there for Ange Postecoglou's inexperienced side to write an exciting new chapter in the history of the national team.
"What a great opportunity for them to go there and hopefully put in some good performances and (it's) a good opportunity I guess to make themselves household names here in Australia," he said.
"They should go out there and embrace it and try and learn as much as they can from the experience, because that's what this squad is all about, they're about the future. And they're the players we're going to rely on to bring football back to where it should be.
"They need to go there and believe they're good enough to get results. Although they're young players, they're there for a reason, because they're very talented. So they've got to go out there, play their natural game, not get overawed and do what they know they can do to the best of their ability."
After starting for the Socceroos in Germany and South Africa, Emerton is looking forward to setting his alarm and joining the ranks of bleary eyed supporters across the country cheering the team on next month.
"I'm excited about watching it from a different perspective," he said.
"I'm excited for the players really, because I know what a great experience it is to go and play in the World Cup.
"I'm going to be watching it from home, I'll be up like the rest of the country watching them at all hours of the morning. I'm really looking forward to watching it from the other side of the fence."