Preston North End captain John Welsh has expressed his pride for Bailey Wright and admits he is desperate to see the defender earn his first cap for Australia this evening.
The Socceroos face Spain in their final group match of the 2014 World Cup at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, kick-off 5pm.
Like the reigning world champions, Ange Postecoglou’s side are already out of the competition meaning the Australia manager could start some of the squad’s less experienced players.
Having played alongside Wright for two years, Welsh believes his team-mate could handle the pressure of going up against the likes of Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Diego Costa.
“I’m so proud of Bailey, he deserves it so much,” the Preston skipper told PNE.Com in an exclusive interview.
“He has been brilliant since I’ve been here; I didn’t really know much about him when I arrived but seeing him the way he’s progressed and he’s gone from strength to strength.
“He’s so dependable, you’d put your life in his hands if you like, and he’s just one of those players you look up to.
“He’s so young, he’s got a wise head, he’s so professional – looks after himself away from training.
“I hope he gets involved in the next game but I’m so proud and so glad for him that he’s out there on such a big stage and I’m really pleased for him.
“I just want him to get on now and get some game time because I’m sure that if he does, everyone will see just how good he is and what he can do.”