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Socceroos focus on France, not Hungary, before final friendly

8 June 2018 7:17 AM
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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 focus already on their opening World Cup group stage match against France in a week’s time. The Socceroos have only had short analysis sessions on Hungary, preferring instead to work on their tactical set-up for how they face Les Blues.

"That's the most important at this moment, it’s all about France. Those things come after the game. I want everybody to concentrate on that game, everybody. He, him, the players, everybody, the chairman, the directors, everybody. I don’t want to talk about other games," van Marwijk said.

It means Sunday morning’s game (1.30am AEST) will provide the clearest view yet as to how Australia will play at the World Cup in Russia under the guidance of van Marwijk. Against Hungary, the side will retain its 4-2-3-1 formation, and likely keep key players such as Trent Sainsbury, Aaron Mooy, Matt Leckie and Tom Rogic in the starting team. Arriving at the tournament with in superb form is right back Josh Risdon who, after receiving a glowing report from van Marwijk following the Czech Republic friendly, is another likely to be given a start alongside left-sided fullback Aziz Behich.


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