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Expectations are pretty much lower this time Down Under. For sure, the Socceroos won’t be feeling shock and awe at the sight of the Spanish armada and the Oranje army, but this is a young side looking for some much-needed work experience at the high table. They are one of the youngest squads to catch the flight to Brazil. Guiding them in this adventure are homegrown coach Ange Postecoglou and captain Tim Cahill. Postecoglou has his task cut out because his team has played only three competitive matches since he took charge last October. In a team that does not offer much of a goal threat, attacking midfielder Cahill will be shouldering the bulk of the offensive duties. The supporting cast includes full-backs Ivan Franjic and Jason Davidson. Both offer plenty of energy going forward, but lack the tactical awareness while defending. That could be suicidal when facing the likes of Arjen Robben. Mile Jedinak, who had a stellar season with Crystal Palace in the Premier League, will be looking to mop up any damage in the midfield. All said and done, the Socceroos will be one of the first teams to catch the flight home.

 

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