Socceroo Tom Rogic is interviewed by journalists in Vitoria, Brazil.

Socceroo Tom Rogic is interviewed by journalists in Vitoria, Brazil.

Celtic and former Melbourne Victory midfielder Tom Rogic is not one for saying much at the best of times.

Meeting the press here in Brazil he was guarded and reticent - perhaps a reflection of the amount of scrutiny he has had in recent months, not all of it favourable, since his loan move from Celtic to Melbourne Victory in January.

Tom Rogic trains with the Socceroos in Vitoria.

Tom Rogic trains with the Socceroos in Vitoria.

But he was positively effusive when asked whether Australia could upset their first group stage opponents, Chile, when the pair clash in Cuiaba next week, declaring that the Socceroos were just in the mood to pull off a stunning upset.

''The staff keep us well prepared with the videos we do on our research [about other teams]. Yes, I do [think we can win that game].''

He doesn't see the muted expectations of the Australian public as a downer for the team, more a reflection of the reality they face in taking on Chile, Spain and The Netherlands.

''It's not so much an insult - it pays a compliment to the teams we are [playing]. They are all in the top 20 in the world and exceptionally good opposition. Everyone has written us off, but we are hopeful of shocking a few people. You go into every game trying to win [and] four points has got a lot of teams through in the past.''

Rogic is the great enigma in this Australian squad. Tall and lean and blessed with wonderful natural ability, his fragility and susceptibility to injury has always been his downfall. Even at Victory in the A-League he barely played in the last month of the season and in a professional career that began more than two years ago he has played less than 50 games for Central Coast, Celtic and Melbourne.

To his credit he bears the inevitable questions about the state of his body with a stoic approach, insisting that if he is picked for the squad he is in good enough condition to take part.

“Of course, that’s why I’m here. Every player wants to play a part but it’s not up to me, the decision comes down to Ange so we’ll wait and see what the plans are.

“I feel OK, the camp’s been good so far so that’s going well. I’ve missed two sessions in the four weeks of the camp since it started, so I don’t think it’s the sessions. So I’m happy with how it’s going, it’s just a bit of management with my load which is the same with a few people. It’s just the way it is."

Rogic played in a forward role in an 11 v 10 game at training in Vitoria on Monday and is expected to line up in the starting eleven against the Brazilian team Clube Parana on Tuesday. He was happy how he came through the exercise. 

“It was good, I think collectively we’re starting to gel better and starting to put into practice more of the things Ange wants and progress is being made each day.

“It's [Tuesday's game] part of our preparation, I wouldn’t say it’s crucial but we certainly don’t want to waste any day of training or a game, so it’s important, definitely.''

It's not entirely Rogic's fault that he has been anointed as the saviour of the Socceroos before he has barely developed a professional career. When you have a sumptuous talent in a country that is craving a superstar it is, perhaps, inevitable.

But he is careful to keep his own counsel about what he wants to achieve during this World Cup.

''Targets? Of course I have, but I’ll keep them to myself. It’s not up to me, we’ll wait and see what Ange decides because that’s all that matters. At first there were a lot of new faces and young players, but everyone is working collectively and moving forward.

He is also upbeat about his time at Victory, a period which most observers felt did not bring him the benefits he would have hoped for.

“I disagree, I enjoyed my time in Melbourne. I came back and played a [good] amount of games in a short amount of time, got some regular football and in the end with my injury it probably didn’t work out the way I wanted, missing the last 3-4 weeks of the season, but that’s football and I’ve dealt with that.

''I am not the first person to have an injury to deal with, you cop it on the chin and work hard to overcome it. It's been frustrating at times.

''When the last World Cup was on I was sitting there with my mates just watching the games, like any other Australian sports fan. To be here right now is pretty special, I feel grateful and fortunate to be here.''