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Australian Football: Davidson makes Socceroos pledge

Jason Davidson has played a key role in taking Melbourne Victory back to the top and is now hoping to have similar success with the Socceroos.

Australia are priced at 500/1 to win the 2022 World Cup but need to qualify first of all and must get through the play-offs after missing out in the group stage.

Victory success

Victory had an outstanding season in the A-League when finishing second on the ladder, just missing out on the minor premiership as Melbourne City clung on to top spot.

It was a remarkable turnaround after they had finished bottom of the ladder the season before. Davidson played his role and is keen to do the same with the Socceroos as they fight to book their place in Qatar.

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"I've pretty much said it throughout my career, (the) national team is a reward of how well you do at club level," Davidson told reporters. "I was part of a rebuild at Victory. As a Melbourne boy, it was a lot of responsibility to come back to Melbourne and to try and get them back to where they belong.

"Now I kind of have that same kind of responsibility with the national team, to come back and just get the job done. It's not going to be easy, but nothing in life comes easy and just happy to be a part of it."

Fired up to qualify

The Socceroos are set to face the UAE in the first play-off encounter. Before that they have a warm-up game against Jordan on Wednesday and Davidson says the players are fired up to get the job done.

"I've only been in camp for two days and I can already feel the positivity, the hunger, they know what has to be done,” he added. "The boys are hungry to prove some people wrong, get the job done and to make sure we get Australia to another World Cup."

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