In the aftermath of another unsuccessful World Cup campaign, negativity inevitably swirls around the Socceroos but a handful of talented prospects shows the future can be bright.
With obvious issues surrounding the side and the way forward for Australian football, there remain a number of young players who can shine for the green and gold in the years to come.
Here's Goal's pick of the five Australian players that can star for the national team in years to come.
He's arguably already a Socceroos star after a string of substitute appearances at the World Cup, but yet to actually start for Australia, Daniel Arzani can still shine even brighter for the national team.
The 19-year-old is one of Australia's brightest football prospects in many years and brings a vital spark to the Socceroos attack.
Not afraid to dribble past defenders, instinctively whip in a cross or nutmeg a player when the chance arises - Arzani is a breath of fresh air.
Arzani's club future will likely play a big part in just how quickly he can step up regularly and from the start of games for the Socceroos. While the likes of Juventus are reportedly calling, the teenager must secure regular game time at a crucial crossroads in his career.
Should he find that, a spot in the Socceroos starting 11 at the Asian Cup in January is a genuine chance and it's a prospect that should get fans very excited.
While he hasn't been playing for Lazio over the past few years, it's clear Chris Ikonomidis has learned a thing or two from the Italian giants.
Arriving in the A-League on loan for Western Sydney Wanderers at the beginning of the year, the now-23-year-old reminded Australia why Ange Postecoglou gave him a Socceroos debut back in 2015.
Three goals across 10 games for the red and black wasn't enough for him to stake his claim for a ticket to Russia, but it highlighted how crucial he could be for the side in years to come.
Speedy but with great control of the football, Ikonomidis is just as capable of curling in a cross or shot depending on the situation and is another player that will back himself in the final third.
Much like Arzani, his future with the Socceroos depends a lot on what he does next at club level.
After an impressive stint with the Wanderers, Ikonomidis appears to be heading back to Lazio but simply must find regular first-team football before it's too late.
Whether that means returning to the A-League for a season or playing in a lower league in Europe, game time is a must and with it, Ikonomidis can really start showing why he's capable of being a Socceroos star.
Breaking into the A-League as a 17-year-old with Sydney FC, Alex Gersbach is on the cusp of securing a Socceroos spot in the years to come.
A left-back by trade, he faces stiff opposition for the spot right now with Aziz Behich impressing in Russia, but at just 21, it looms as a position he can make his own in the future.
Having started his professional career under Graham Arnold, Gersbach is certainly well positioned to develop into a Socceroos regular.
The young defender is back with Norwegian side Rosenborg after a short loan with French club RC Lens and looks more than ready to make the most of his undoubted talent.
Heading into the 2018 World Cup, Jamie Maclaren was the Socceroos most in-form striker yet almost failed to make the cut after being initially dropped from Bert van Marwijk's 23-man squad.
While he did find a way back in after an injury to Tomi Juric, the 24-year-old didn't play a single minute in Russia and arguably deserved a chance to show what he can do up front.
Unlike Juric, Maclaren is a very different striker capable of making runs in behind defenders, popping up out of nowhere and instinctively finding a way to put the ball in the back of net.
"I remember training with him at Perth Glory, he was making those runs off my shoulder, which defenders hate because you can't see where they are," former Socceroos defender Ljubo Milicevic told Goal recently.
"Not a lot of strikers do that...he's got a lot to offer."
With Australia failing to score from open play at the World Cup, the former Perth Glory player is exactly what the Socceroos need in the final third.
Maclaren is contracted to German club Darmstadt 98 but seems open to a move away having not got a start after a move from Brisbane Roar last year.
If he can find the right club to score goals for, it's only a matter of time before Maclaren starts slotting them away for the Socceroos - something he's somehow yet to do.
While not young any more, at 24 he's still got at least two World Cups left at his prime and the potential to be Australia's go-to goal scorer for many years to come.
A shock inclusion in Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos squad back in March 2017, Riley McGree got a brief and tantalising taste of international football even if he didn't get any minutes on the pitch.
McGree went viral earlier this year when he scored a scorpion goal in the A-League semi-finals and it's only a matter of time before he's given the chance to shine for the national team.
As his scorpion goal highlights, McGree is creative and confident on the ball with the necessary burst of speed needed to beat players.
A season under Warren Joyce at City looms as the perfect springboard to take him to the next level - with Arzani a testament to what Joyce can do with young players at his disposal.
While it will be hard for McGree to break into the Socceroos midfield anytime soon, he has all the markings of a future green and gold star.
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