Socceroos coach Graham Arnold’s recent comments caused some to groan and others to giggle.
Many Australian football fans would know where the Socceroos are playing club football in the world, however in case you didn’t, take a look at this.
Let’s take a run through how Aussie footballers are going abroad.
Early this year, terrific Timmy was released from Shanghai Shenua. On 22 February 2016, it was reported that Cahill signed with Chinese Super League club Hangzhou Greentown F.C.
On 6 March 2016, Cahill scored a penalty on his Hangzhou Greentown debut in a 2–1 win against Changchun Yatai. He has made eight appearances and scored two goals for the club.
This one comes at no surprise. I’m sure everyone knows Jedinak is a midfielder for Premier League side Crystal Palace. He has made 164 appearances for the English side and scored ten goals.
In 2015 Massimo signed a deal with Championship side QPR from Swindon Town. He has since made 30 appearances and scored 0 goals.
Matt Ryan was picked up by Spanish side Valencia in 2015. Prior to this he played for Club Brugge in the top-flight Belgian football league. He has made eight appearances for Valencia.
Tommy Rogic is currently playing for Celtic FC in the Scottish Premier League. He has made 37 appearances and scored seven goals. Recent speculation has gathered that Arsenal have shown interest in the Australian star.
Robbie Kruse who is currently on loan at VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga, plays for Bayer Leverkusen where he has made 26 appearances and scored two goals.
Leckie is currently playing football for FC Ingolstadt 04 in the German Bundesliga. He has made 64 appearances and scored ten goals.
Young Aussie Brad Smith is currently playing for English side and Europa League finalists Liverpool FC. He has made five appearances for the club. Brad Smith is currently on load at Swindon Town FC and has made seven appearances.
Last year Mark Milligan departed A-League club Melbourne Victory and headed to the UAE to play for Beniyas SC. He has made 21 appearances for the side and scored three goals.
The man who scored the goal to win the Socceroos the Asian Cup. James Troisi is currently playing in the Chinese Super League for Liaoning Whowin. He has made three appearances and scored no goals.
Ex-Wellington Pheonix player Nathan Burns is currently playing for F.C Tokyo in the J-League. He has made 15 appearances and scored five goals.
Former Western Sydney Wanderer defender Matthew Spiranovic is currently playing alongside Aussie team mate Tim Cahill as Hangzhou Greentown. He has made 14 appearances for the Chinese club and scored one goal.
Trent Sainsbury is a current player at Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning. He has made seven appearances and scored no goals.
Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is a current player for freshly relegated VfB Stuttgart. He formerly played for German giants Borussia Dortmund, winning the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga. He has made two appearances for VfB Stuttgart.
Jason Davidson, who currently plays for Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town has made 27 appearances for the club, and scored one goal.
Another former Wanderers player, Tomi Juric, is currently playing in the Netherlands for Roda JC Kerkrade. He has since mad 15 appearances and scored four goals.
In 2016, Ryan McGowan was transferred to Chinese club Henan Jianye from Dundee United. He has since made seven appearances and netted one goal in his time in China.
Young talent Chris Ikonimidis is currently on loan from Lazio at Salernitana where he has made 12 appearances and scored one goal.
Former Sydney FC Midfielder, Terry Antonis is currently a player for PAOK FC in Greece. He has made four appearances and scored zero goals.
On 18 November 2015, Wilkshire signed a one-year contract, with the option of an additional year, with Russian club FC Terek Grozny, beginning on 1 January 2016. He has since made six appearances for the club and netted 0 goals.
Only just recently in early April, Rhys Williams departed English side Middlesborough and has signed a contract with A-League side Perth Glory.
Aziz plays as a left back and left winger for Turkish club Bursaspor in Süper Lig. He has made 53 appearances and scored one goal.
Aussie Goalkeeper Brad Jones has formerly played for English sides Middlesborough and Liverpool FC however currently plays for NEC in the Eredivisie.
Aussie Ben Halloran is a player who is a winger for 1. FC Heidenheim in the German 2. Bundesliga. He has made 22 appearances and scored two goals.
Chris Herd has just signed a contract with A-League side Perth Glory. He has formerly played at Chesterfield and Aston Villa.
Another Aussie keeper abroad, Adam Federici currently plays for EPL side AFC Bournemouth. He has made five appearances for the newly promoted side.
Nikita is a Ukrainian-Australian professional football player who plays for Beitar Jerusalem in the Israeli Premier League. He began his career as a striker at Perth Glory but has played primarily as a winger since moving to Europe. He has made 30 appearances for the side and scored 14 goals.
The Australian footballer plays as a midfielder for MSV Duisburg. He has made 29 appearances for the club and scored zero goals.
In 2012, Curtis Good was signed by recently relegated English side Newcastle United. where he has made zero appearances for the club.
Australian footballer Joshua Brilliant currently plays for Serie B club Como on loan from Fiorentina. Brillante holds dual citizenship due to his Italian heritage. He has made two appearances for Fiorentina and 20 appearances for Como.
Another former Sydney FC attacker Bernie Ibini is a current player at Belgian side Club Brugge KV. He is yet to make an appearance for the side.
Aussies abroad are in abundance. In particular, young Aussies are showing promising signs to Ange Postecoglou and the future of the Socceroos.
You’re now up to date with Aussie footballers and where they are in the world.
How do you see the future of our national side?