“I'm Still Having Nightmares 10 Years Later” Says Socceroo Legend

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Former Socceroo Brett Emerton has named the toughest opponents he has ever faced on Triple M's The Grill Team. 

When quizzed Emerton named Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo as his toughest opponents and then joked the nightmare of facing the latter still lives on. 

“Im still having nightmares 10 years later," Emerton told The Grill Team. 

The 95-capped Socceroo, who knows a thing or two about hostile World Cup environments, having played in both the 2001 and 2005 play-off games against Uruguay said he thrived in the cauldron of Montevideo.

"Yeah it was (difficult)," Emerton said.  

"Funnily enough as a payer I liked playing in hostile environments. I thrived on it and I think a lot of players do.

"Apparently the welcome they’ve (Socceroos) received so far has been good, so they’ve been treated well.

"But I’m sure come kick-off time it’s going to be a hostile atmosphere."

The former Feyenoord, Blackburn and Sydney FC player is hoping the Socceroos can at least come away with an away goal in the first leg against Honduras. 

"I think a score draw would be perfect," he said. 

"Away goals are so vital in these home and away matches, if we can get a goal of some sort, even a 2-1 loss would be a positive result.

"Coming back home we are so strong here in Sydney and I think we can get the job done."

Listen to the full chat below.