Flexibility the key now for Socceroos
Adaptability will be one of the keys to future Socceroos success, says Mark Milligan.
The former Melbourne Victory skipper did an excellent job playing out of position in central defence in the 2-1 defeat to England last week and said it was important all squad players had that flexibility if Australia was to challenge at major tournaments.
"Football around the world has changed the last four or five years…it's a lot more of a dynamic game than it was 10 years ago," Milligan told reporters.
"You do need to be able to do a variety of different things and play a variety of different roles.
"The majority of the (Socceroos) can do that.
"It just happened to be my turn to do something a little bit different…it's just how we do it."
The Socceroos take on 2004 European champion Greece in Sydney on Saturday before playing the same opposition in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Milligan, who now plies his trade for Baniyas in Abu Dhabi, said although the Greeks were a team in transition after missing out on qualification for Euro 2016 in France next month, they would provide stern opposition for Ange Postecoglou's team, albeit in a different way from the English.
"England had a lot of pace up front where I think it might be a little bit more of a patient match against Greece," the 30-year-old said.
"But we're playing a world-class side with world-class players.
"It will be up to us again, we'll want to set the tempo and play the way we do.
"It was good having a game against England and now these two against Greece to find the way that teams do things and make sure we can cope with many different aspects of the game.
"What's most important to us is that each time we step out on the field, whether it's the training track or on match day, that we're improving as a team," Milligan added.
"We've created a lot of depth over the last few years and everybody seems to be on the same page and heading in the right direction."