05/03/2024

The Socceroos against Japan during qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Photo Credit: Izhar Khan).

Striker Mitch Duke is confident that the Socceroos are up for the challenge in Qatar when they take on India.

The Socceroos will be hoping that the experience gained by playing in Qatar over the last few months will set themselves up nicely in their Asian Cup campaign.

Striker Mitch Duke shared that as a result of side’s previous experience with the current tournament’s location, Qatar, the side is confident heading into their impending clash.

“We have a lot of experience in Qatar. We have a good feeling here,” Duke told media on Saturday.

“A lot of the boys that have been involved throughout the last few years and experienced [playing] here, they feel happy here and relaxed. They’re happy playing here.

“It can essentially be a home away from home for us and we can use that as an advantage for us 100 per cent.

“I think we create more good memories for us from the tournament here.”

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Duke also has backed that captain Mat Ryan will be ready to suit up if selected for the game.

“Matty’s on the training pitch. He’s been involved and is up for selection by the looks of it. I think it’s fair game,” he said.

His comments follow the news that Ryan skipped the pre-tournament friendly against Bahrain on January 6 to recover from a fractured cheekbone sustained in December.

“I’m sure Matty will be honest about his game with his ability, where he’s at and if he can complete full training sessions. We’re doing some pretty intense sessions as well with some 4 v 4’s and certain things as well, putting his body on the line in training.

“I’m sure Arnie will make those selections based on confidence and belief in each individual.”

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