The defender recently won a recall to Holger Osieck’s side.
Middlesbrough captain Rhys Williams is determined to nail down a spot in the Socceroos side and play at the World Cup next year.
The 25-year-old is back amongst his Australian compatriots after his eye-catching form at the Riverside Stadium was rewared with a return to Holger Osieck’s squad for the friendly against Brazil on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha.
Williams’ aim is to become a permanent fixture for his country once again, after missing out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the last minute due to a groin injury and a trio of qualifiers in June, and is thrilled to be handed a second chance on such a grand stage.
“I don’t like to be known as the guy who missed the last World Cup through injury and hopefully if I can keep playing well and keep my spot in the team, I can put a few wrongs right this coming summer,” he told Sportal.
The Perth-born utility man, who can also operate in midfield, is enjoying an Indian summer in regards to his recent run of playing in every one of Boro’s games this season after being plagued by injuries in recent years and says it’s satisfying to be rewarded by Osieck.
“It’s nice to know the boss has been watching me because I’ve been playing quite well lately,” Williams added.
“It’s brilliant to be back and I always said I’d never take my spot for granted, so I’ll work harder than ever to keep my spot now.”