15/08/2022

The Socceroos completed their first training session together ahead of the first match against Kuwait Source: Socceroos

Although the Socceroos sit on top of the group with four games remaining. Graham Arnold is taking nothing for granted.

The Socceroos are not taking anything for granted.

Australia coach Graham Arnold made it clear that his side is out to win the four upcoming games.

The Socceroos are Sitting comfortably at the top of the group but have had a year long break between games.

The Socceroos sit comfortably at the top of the group, but after not playing together for over a year, Arnold has no intention to rest on past form in the final four games of the second round of World Cup qualifiers.

“We’re starting from scratch,” said Arnold on Tuesday. “The (first) four games are in the past…I expect to be top of the group.”

Arnold remained guarded about which players would start against Kuwait, but was confident that the players selected would be able to do the job.

“The boys have honestly got great energy,” he said of the training sessions. “They can’t wait to put on that jersey and do Australia proud.”

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Fran Karačić is expected to start in the opening game. His form and position as a regular starter for Brescia Calcio in Serie B will make him an easy choice.

In the absence of Aaron Mooy, Arnold is enthusiastic about his options.

“We’ve got players who can play in those roles, the best part is we can be flexible in our tactics and team structure.”

Although players have arrived at different times Arnold was thrilled at the mood in camp.

“The players that have arrived early are in great shape, they’ve acclimatised exceptionally well… the boys are in great shape mentally, they’re excited to be here.

“They’ve missed it even more than us, even more than the fans,” he said of the team’s hunger to return to action. “It’s such a special thing to play for your country.”

Australia take on Kuwait on Friday morning 5am AEST.

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