Cammy: Pinching myself at Aussie call12 August 2022
The Aussie midfielder made the cut for the Socceroos’ squad, alongside Tynie teammates Kye Rowles and Nate Atkinson, that will travel to Qatar later this month for the most prestigious competition in world football.
The prospect of locking horns with France, the tournament’s defending champions, in the opening match of Australia’s campaign is a mouth-watering prospect, but Cammy knows the importance of picking up precious points for Hearts before he jets off.
“It was Monday, at about midday, when I got a text from Graham Arnold asking if he could give me a call in fifteen minutes. It was probably the longest fifteen minutes of my life!” he told the press in his pre-match media conference. “When he told me, it was one of the best moments I’ve ever had.
“I’d like to say I don’t get emotional or cry that often but, if there’s ever a time where it’s acceptable, it’s when you get told you’re going to a World Cup for the first time. As soon as he said ‘Congratulations’ I just broke down in tears and I’m not afraid to admit that.
“Me, Natty, and Kye all know and are so grateful to Hearts for giving us a platform to show what we can do. Knowing that we’re going to be playing France, the world champions, in a matter of weeks is definitely a ‘pinch yourself’ moment. Make no mistake though, we’ve still got two massive games to go at Hearts before we can think about that.”
Rangers are looking to get back to winning ways in the league after slipping to a 2-1 defeat to St. Johnstone at McDiarmid Park last weekend. When suggested that tonight’s hosts could be vulnerable, Cammy waved it away, saying the men in maroon needed only to look at recent history to know about the dangers posed by Rangers.
“We don’t want to think about what’s happening at Rangers too much, we need to focus on Hearts,” he added. “On what we do, how we’re going to set up. We faced them last season when they were off the back of a defeat to Celtic, and they turned us over.
“Tomorrow night at Ibrox is the focus, and if we lose that focus on the next game, that’s when things can go wrong. I know we’ll be travelling with numbers tomorrow and we go there with a gameplan to try and win and take maximum points.
“They’re a huge club, and they are where they are in the league for a good reason. We’re going to back ourselves, with the players we have along with our gameplan, to take all three points.”