He's the darkest of dark horses where World Cup selection is concerned. In fact, Massimo Luongo's view of his prospects of snaring a berth in the squad was so dim that he booked to go on holiday to Turkey with his girlfriend Shelley and her family to Turkey.

But the Swindon Town midfielder was there when the big names fell and the music stopped, secure in his seat in Ange Postecoglou's 23 man party for Brazil.

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And naturally, he felt delighted - and not in the least bit worried about having to cancel his vacation plans. 

''I was meant to be on holiday in Turkey this month - my missus is going to go with her family, so they're still going. Obviously I can't make it out there so I told them sorry.

"I feel good. I feel excited obviously, privileged, over the moon. There's a lot of emotions going on. I'm just happy that I got the opportunity to be here and I'm very grateful."

And he is honest enough to admit his surprise at his inclusion after such a whirlwind introduction to international football.

"Yeah I am. From the beginning I took it as experience, coming in to this. Leading into the game yesterday (against Clube Parana) I didn't get my hopes up but I didn't play them down at all. Obviously it happened and I'm buzzing. Very surprised.

"It's difficult in training to stand out or shine so that was the perfect situation for me to show everyone what I could do."

Luongo, like his team-mates, didn't know whether they had made the cut until Tuesday morning at the team breakfast in the squad's hotel.

"No one really knew what was going on, or what was happening. So we just turned up at breakfast and found out. I didn't have the best of sleeps. Part of it was because we played a game and I was exhausted from that and part of I was a bit anxious about today.

''We just pulled up at breakfast and he said who wasn't in and the reasons. That was followed by congratulations to everyone and all that stuff. So it was team thing that we were all together for. I just couldn't believe it. I was really excited and just over the moon."

Luongo harbours no illusion about the task ahead of him in securing any game time.

''Getting on the pitch will be a massive goal, in any game. I want to be my best and be professional for the whole campaign."

His first reaction, when finding out he had made it, was to let his mum Ira know.

"Yeah I dropped my mum a text then called my missus... I play it down a little but they're buzzing for me,'' says Luongo, who describes himself as laid back.

"Yeah, that's the way I am. I don't read into anything don't create a big hype or anything like that."

Having spent his development years at Premier League club Tottenham, Luongo is getting regular game time at League One side Swindon. But he knows that a berth at the World Cup could be the springboard to a bigger move.

"Yeah definitely. I think just being named in the 30 man squad (was a big thing). Leaving Australia when I was young. I've done it under the radar and I've been under the radar since. This it massive for me, getting my name out back in Australia and back at my club and in the UK as well. It's good for my career and good for my future.

''All my team-mates are jumping on Twitter and congratulating me or messaging me. They're all exicted. Even my gaffer at Swindon (Mark Cooper) said 'well done mate, I'll l see you when you get back'. It's big for the club."