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Forward ho: Arnie's attacking outlook keeps Milligan on board

12 October 2018 3:57 AM
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The direction of the Socceroos under Graham Arnold has convinced Mark Milligan to postpone his international retirement and remain with the national team at least up until the 2019 Asian Cup.

The veteran defender was weighing up whether to call time on his decorated international career following the 2018 World Cup in Russia but was convinced not to after the first camp under Arnold.

Milligan, 33, arrived at last month's camp in Turkey doubting whether he would add to his 71 caps but was encouraged by the positivity within the group and Arnold's vision to stay through to the Asian Cup in the UAE in January.

"After the World Cup, there was a little bit of time to sit and reflect. I spoke to Arnie quite a few times afterwards and obviously the decision I came to was that I want to be a part of this and help this group remain and become even more successful," Milligan said.

Australia will get their first look at Arnold's Socceroos on Tuesday morning [AEDT] against Kuwait in Kuwait City. After a more stoic defensive showing in Russia than previous years, Milligan hinted at a more positive and attacking approach to games under Arnold.


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