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Sport World Cup: France will be a huge test for the Socceroos, but it's an exciting challenge

10:31  14 june  2018
10:31  14 june  2018 Source:

'Psychic' quokka decides Socceroos' fate

  'Psychic' quokka decides Socceroos' fate Australia’s World Cup campaign has been given a promising yet surprising endorsement ahead of their opening match against France.Davey the ‘psychic’ quokka at Wildlife Sydney Zoo is Australia’s answer to Paul the Octopus and has correctly predicted the outcome of past Federal elections and other major sporting events.

France , the World Cup winners in 1998 and a power in the global game for the last 30 years, are Australia' s But it could have been much harder and on paper it is not as tough a test as that faced by the Socceroos four years ago, when they travelled to Brazil only to face the then-reigning world

The team has certainly demonstrated their ability to match the Socceroos , Denmark and France during an extended road to Russia. Wins against Uruguay and Ecuador alongside two draws with Argentina were highlights of Peru’ s qualification campaign, and suggest they will be a challenging World Cup

Paul Pogba© Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes Paul Pogba It's finally here. I know I have been waiting for this month for a long time now.

New coach, lots of new faces, how will the team go? I was personally upset to see Ange leave at first — having an Aussie coach appealed to me.

The fact that Ange had worked his way up the ranks through Australian football made it hard to see him go but I think the timing of a new coach couldn't be better.

On one side, it's tough — less time with the coach, less time to get an understanding of how he wants the team to play and less time to earn your spot.

On the other side, it's a great time for the team, the competitiveness of the group reaches a new high, the professionalism and standard of the group increases and nobody feels comfortable in their position.

'Maybe I was seeing ghosts'

  'Maybe I was seeing ghosts' Former Socceroos midfielder Craig Foster has lashed out at the controversial VAR decision that proved the difference in Australia’s World Cup loss to France. With the game precariously tied at nil-all, France striker Antoine Griezmann went down in the box following a challenge from Josh Risdon and was waved off by match referee Andres Cunha.However, just a few minutes later the VAR review ruled a penalty against the Australians which Griezmann duly converted.Following the game, Foster was left seething about the controversial call that gifted France their opener.

“ It ’ s three really tough teams. France are looking like the favourites to top the group, so it will be a difficult but exciting opening game,” he said after the draw was announced. So Socceroos draw 9th, 11th and 12th ranked teams in world . That’ s a huge ask.

" It ' s going to be a good game, a good test for us. It ' s 11 versus 11, so we ' re not afraid of anybody." While France are among the favourites in Russia Cahill, too, may have to shelve his personal aims for the Socceroos ' cause. Although he is aiming to find the net for a fourth consecutive World Cup

The two results the week prior to the World Cup show the squad has been pushed to a new level, the spots were all up for grabs and who you were or your past performances didn't matter.

France though is one of the best teams in the tournament and is full of world class players — Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Griezmann to name a few.

World Cup: Malcolm Turnbull phones Socceroos to request 'more goals' ahead of France match

  World Cup: Malcolm Turnbull phones Socceroos to request 'more goals' ahead of France match <p>Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has phoned Tim Cahill, Mark Milligan and Mile Jedinak to throw his support behind the Socceroos</p>Mr Turnbull said the country was proud of the team and quizzed the players on their feelings about tonight's opponent.

Jul 08, 2014 · The 2014 World Cup has been a huge success for France . S. The Real Madrid Watch video · We are less than three months away from the 2018 FIFA World Cup , and it ' s crunch Photograph: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup

" It ' s always tough, it doesn't matter who you draw, but it ' s going to be a good challenge for us to start with France – it ' s very exciting . The week's rest through suspension helped Milligan recover after a torrid period helping the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup .

It will be a big test for the boys but I'm excited to see the growth in the past few months and exactly where we sit against some of the best in the world.

I would love to see Daniel Arzani get on for at least 30 minutes and add a bit of spark to the game, no matter the score.

When I think of good subs, he is the first to my mind obviously along with Timmy Cahill if he doesn't start.

So, does Tim Cahill start? In a game where we probably won't have majority of possession do you put in an old body to do the defence work or keep him fresh until the end to hopefully come on and use goal-scoring prowess.

I'm excited the World Cup is finally here, I can't wait to see what the boys have been working on the past few months.

This is the biggest tournament in the world and hopefully, it's another great tournament. Good luck boys!

Matildas striker Sam Kerr has been capped 67 times for the national team, scoring 24 goals.

Sainsbury to lead Socceroos against France as Jedinak dropped .
The veteran Socceroos skipper looks to have failed in his attempt to convince coach Bert van Marwijk that he deserves a starting spot in the World Cup opener.Will Australia have a new captain in Trent Sainsbury for the World Cup opener against France on Saturday night?


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