Dylan's Brazil goal

Dylan Tombides is relishing the opportunity of testing himself against the mighty Brazil at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals.

West Ham United's promising striker is expected to lead the line for his native Australia at the competition, which begins in Mexico on Saturday 18 June.

Tombides has warmed-up for the tournament in fine style this week, scoring the winner in a 2-1 friendly win over Canada before netting twice in a victory over Uruguay by the same scoreline.

The Australians have been drawn in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Denmark and three-times champions Brazil. Tombides, who turned 17 in March, admitted that he and his fellow Joeys face a tough task to reach the round of 16.

"It's been a long hard season, but I'm looking forward to it very much," he told West Ham TV. "We've got a very tough group with Brazil, Denmark and Ivory Coast, so it's going to be a real challenge to make it through the group stages. I'm very much looking forward to the challenge, though."

While the matches against CAF U17 Championship semi-finalists Ivory Coast on 20 June and UEFA European U17 Championship semi-finalists Denmark on 26 June will be difficult assignments for Tombides and his team-mates, it is the second group-stage fixture against Brazil on 23 June that the forward is particularly looking forward to.

Put simply, Tombides cannot wait to test himself against the 1997, 1999 and 2003 winners and reigning South American champions at the 49,850-capacity Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.

"Brazil are going to be great to play against and I'm just hoping they play like the senior side, popping the ball about. They've got a lot of players with individual flair so I'm sure they'll be a great team to watch and it'll be a great match to be a part of.

"I'd love to score a couple of goals against them but it may be that their Under-17s can defend but they can't attack! Speaking seriously, we'll just have to see how it goes."

Having been placed in such a strong group, the Asian championship semi-finalists know their chances of being crowned World Cup winners for the first time are minimal, but Tombides is not giving up on that particular dream, no matter how long the odds.

"I don't like to say 'No', but it'll be a challenge for us to win the trophy, certainly."