Oar relishing Socceroos chance

Star performer ... Tommy Oar is making strides for both club and country. (Getty)

Recalled Tommy Oar is convinced Australia is primed to spark its listless 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign back to life by taking all three points from bogey side Iraq in Doha next week.

With just two points from three qualifying games, Australia lies third in its group behind Jordan and runaway leader Japan and must at the very least avoid defeat if it is not to find its bid for Brazil on life support.

A winger for his country in his four appearances for the national team - the last of which was against the UAE 21 months ago - Oar has been converted into a central midfielder by his Eredivisie club Utrecht, where he has featured eight times already this season in his new role.

And his confidence is brimming as he edges towards a fifth appearance for Australia in a fixture which leaves no margin for error.

"Certainly the pressure is on us," said Oar, 20, who is joined in camp by Utrecht team-mate and fellow midfielder Adam Sarota.

"The start we have had with only a couple of draws from the three games, is disappointing and the loss against Jordan was not what anybody was expecting, and it's put us in a tricky position.

"It's not a situation we want to find ourselves in but I know the players will back themselves to get the results needed to make sure we ultimately qualify, and a great starting point would be to win against Iraq.

"I know we will go in with the mentality that we want to win the game, rather than even think about trying taking a point.

"That would be totally the wrong mindset - for us it's all about winning the game.

"That's the way Australia approaches any game, no matter what the stakes are and I am certain this won't be any different.

"There's no doubt we have to improve if we're to get the results we need to qualify but we have a lot of home games to come and that can only be a good thing for us."

Oar is unsure how - or even if - he will be utilised in Doha by coach Holger Osieck who has his 22-man squad in a camp for a full week leading into the game next Tuesday morning (AEDT).

"I guess a lot will be determined on how I go in training and I have no idea what plans he has in store," he said.

"I have a new role for my club but for Australia, and also during my time at Brisbane Roar, I was a winger and that's what people really know me for, so I will just have to wait and see how things pan out.

"I am just excited to be back. It's been a while but things have been coming together at club level and that's always crucial when you look at the national team.

"I am not sure if the call-up came as a complete surprise because I've always known that if you are appearing each week for your club, you are always in with a chance."

Renowned for his trickery and artistry on the ball, his lethal left foot and change of pace, dead-ball specialist Oar has now added extra body strength to his compact frame in a bid to ensure he is not easily knocked of the ball.

"That's something I've worked on. I wouldn't say there’s been a massive change but enough to be noticeable for me," he said.

Source SBS