The Socceroos go for a beach walk at Praca dos Desejos in Vitoria, Brazil. Photo: Getty Images
The Socceroos might be staying at a Brazilian beachside resort but now is no time for relaxation, playmaker Dario Vidosic says.
Having endured 26 hours of travel on three flights to get to the coastal city of Vitoria, their base for the World Cup, the Socceroos cancelled Thursday morning's (Friday AEST) training session, opting for a light afternoon walk on the beach.
Coach Ange Postecoglou will put the 27-man squad through their paces in their first training session at a purpose-built facility in Vitoria on Friday (Saturday AEST).
Dario Vidosic Photo: Getty Images
Vidosic is one of the more-seasoned campaigners in the largely inexperienced group having been part of the 2010 World Cup squad and earning his 22nd cap in the farewell game against South Africa on Monday.
But he says despite how much a player has impressed in the past, now is the most crucial time with Postecoglou to name his final 23-man squad on Monday (Tuesday AEST).
"It's never enough. It's still a long way to go. A lot of things can happen so you need to take care of your body and make sure you don't get any injuries. Then it's about giving everything you can on the training pitch," he said.
"This is not the time to relax."
Having arrived to much fanfare on Wednesday evening (Thursday AEST), as the first foreign team to land in Brazil, the Socceroos were again the centre of attention on Thursday.
They were flanked by armed police as they took their stroll on the beach at the foot of the team hotel as masses of local and foreign media captured their every step.
Vidosic says the intense attention and excitement surrounding the team have made them realise the enormity of what's ahead.
But he insists it won't be a distraction as they prepare to open their campaign against Chile on June 13.
"Yesterday with the police convoy in front of us and all the people on the street stopping, taking photos out of their cars and coming out and dancing and yelling to the bus - I think it just starts to hit you," he said.
"We're obviously not involved with things of the magnitude of a World Cup every week but we understand what we need to go through to get our bodies right and to be mentally and physically fully prepared.
"So come the 13th, we'll be fit and firing."
With clashes against the Netherlands (June 18) and Spain (June 23) to follow, no one is expecting much from the Socceroos.
But Vidosic says the side will be driven to succeed regardless.
"Even if everyone said 'it doesn't matter - just go there and play your 90 and come back; you've done well', it's different inside of you," he said.
"We all have something that pushes us to the limit that makes you want to be the best you can.
"We want to be better than these teams. We want to win - we want to be successful.
"So we'll put everything on the line; we'll give it our very best."