The time for talking, training, preparation and assessment is almost done with the Socceroos now having touched down in Kazan for the opening game in the World Cup against France on Saturday.
The team landed late on Sunday night, Australian time, and were scheduled to do a public training session at their home from home in Kazan at Trudovyne Rezeny, the base of leading Russian ice hockey team AK Bars, in the early hours of Tuesday morning (AEST).
The Socceroos touch down: Coach Bert Van Marwijk and players Mile Jedinak and Mat Ryan disembark at Kazan airport.
Hundreds of Australian supporters were set to attend. Coach Bert van Marwijk has given his players an easy time of things since their victory over Hungary in Budapest on Saturday afternoon, when he said their performance had been compromised by fatigue from a heavy workload in their Turkish training camp.
The players travelled to the Tatarstan capital but did not train on arrival on Sunday afternoon, instead relaxing and recovering after the 2-1 win – a result which was more impressive than the scoreline.
There are no major injuries to be concerned about ahead of the match against Les Bleus: Andrew Nabbout sustained a knock, and Tom Juric, who replaced the former at half time, is said to be fine having nursed some injury concerns leading into the tournament.