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20 June 2018 6:34 AM How the Socceroos can beat Denmark

Samara, Russia: The Socceroos need to keep their nerve, stick to their game plan and improvise at the right moments if they are to beat Denmark and give themselves a major chance to progress to the World Cup's round of 16, says goalkeeper Mat Ryan. And Glasgow Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic could have a crucial role to play as Australia seek to break down what is sure to be a stubborn 5

14 June 2018 10:09 AM Cahill's 'priceless' chance to join the immortals of the game in Russia

Cahill says he is not looking past Australia’s opener in Kazan. Asked whether he would retire from international football, or from the game itself after the tournament, he was adamant that nothing except the game against France mattered at this point in his World Cup preparations. Cahill said he had no regrets about walking out from A-League club Melbourne 13

13 June 2018 11:01 PM Arzani sticks by Nike despite the company withdrawing boots to Iran

Socceroos' starlet Daniel Arzani will continue to honour his contract with Nike despite the sports manufacturer refusing to supply Iranian players with football boots for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The American company withdrew its supply of football gear to the Iranian players and the Iran national team, adhering to president Donald Trump's trade 16

13 June 2018 11:32 AM Snap happy: Personal touches make Socceroos feel at home in Russia

Kazan: They might be nearly 14,000 kilometres away but the Socceroos have been made to feel at home at their training base in Kazan. Tailored sleeping arrangements and a reminder of their loved ones have provided the personal touch for Bert van Marwijk’s squad ahead of their formidable World Cup opener against star-studded Group C favourites France 9

12 June 2018 12:17 PM Teammates back Cahill to join elite World Cup club

And the boots he plans to wear in Russia will serve as a constant reminder of the challenge he faces. They will carry five soccer balls as details on the ankle of his boot to remind him of the goals he has already scored as well as commemorating his children, sons Kyah, Shae and Cruz and daughter Sienna, whose names are also etched on the shoes 11

11 June 2018 11:18 PM Belgium play down Hazard injury fears

The injury to Hazard overshadowed what was a positive evening for Belgium before heading off to Russia. Romelu Lukaku was the star of the show, highlighting what a threat he will be to England when they meet in what should be a Group G decider on June 28. The Manchester United man scored two and made one as Belgium came from behind to beat their Central 10

11 June 2018 2:05 PM 'Once in a lifetime': fathers and eight-year-old sons off to World Cup

Brad Turner got an email from the Fanatics, the business that organises travel to some of the world's most popular events as well as annual Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli and the Western Front. The email was advertising the football World Cup. He forwarded it to two mates who also live on Sydney's northern beaches, Mick Williams and Andrew Smith 8

9 June 2018 1:31 AM Mr Lebanon: Nabbout flying the flag for his community in Russia

For the best part of six years, Andrew Nabbout has been brushing off a constant advance. Since he was 19, the Lebanese Football Association have been calling him up to their national team. No matter how hard they tried, he kept knocking them back, even in the times when he felt discarded by Australian football. His reason was simple: he never lost hope of playing 10

8 June 2018 10:00 AM Socceroos want results in Russia after 'hard lesson' in Brazil: Jedinak

"We have to become one of the best teams. We don’t have the best players of the world but I want to create a team who is one of the best teams and then you have a chance also against those countries," van Marwijk said. His quest to do so has been aided by the Socceroos’ road to Russia. No team in the 88-year history of the World Cup has reached the tournament 8

8 June 2018 7:17 AM Socceroos focus on France, not Hungary, before final friendly

Budapest: Preparation rather than experimentation will be the focus for Australia’s final warm-up match before the World Cup, with coach Bert van Marwijk preferring to fine tune their tactical set-up in Sunday morning’s clash with Hungary. The Socceroos have prepared minimally for their clash against the Magyars at the Groupama Arena in Budapest, with their 7