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Ange Postecoglou has pulled a major selection shock for the Socceroos’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Syria, picking Nikita Rukavytsya in his preliminary 30-man squad.

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The Socceroos will head to Malaysia after all for the away leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff next month against Syria.

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Ange Postecoglou, currently being pelted by 140 character-long calls for his dismissal – all of them premature, blind to the fact no one suitable could successfully replace him at such a precarious moment in qualifying – is feeling besieged.

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While the reflection and analysis of Australia’s failure to secure an automatic qualifying spot for Russia 2018 starts to simmer, two things have become obvious.

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The Socceroos’ path to the World Cup is about to get even tougher with next month’s qualifying play-off against Syria likely to be played in the Middle East – not in Malaysia.

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It is simply preposterous to suggest the Socceroos would be better off without Ange Postecoglou, since he is still so clearly the right man to get Australia to Russia in 2018.

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Ange Postecoglou is at the crossroads of his Socceroos coaching tenure. After failing to obtain direct qualification to the 2018 Qatar FIFA World Cup, he has been singled-out by many as the major culprit.

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It is what it is. The Socceroos didn’t automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, after they failed to obliterate Thailand on the scoresheet like many had predicted.

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Imagine an alternate reality, in a not-too-distant future. The world game has finally got itself together, and Alex Rance has intercepted the ball, in front of a packed stadium of 60,000-plus spectators.

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Sydney’s ANZ Stadium may be the venue of another World Cup qualification triumph after it was named to host matches set to determine Australia’s participation at Russia 2018.

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The Socceroos’ World Cup nightmare has come true after Saudi Arabia’s 1-0 win over Japan denied them direct qualification and forced them down the arduous intercontinental play-off route.

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Unlike the Melbourne troposphere, Ange Postecoglou was under heavy pressure.

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A 1-0 victory to Saudi Arabia in their World Cup qualifier has sent them to the World Cup and means Australia will have to battle it out with Syria just to stay in with a chance.

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Match result They did it the hard way, but the Socceroos picked up the three points against Thailand with a nervy 2-1 win in Melbourne to edge closer to World Cup qualification.

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The Socceroos play the final group game of their World Cup qualifying campaign against Thailand in Melbourne tonight. Here is The Roar’s guide to watching the match live on TV and online.

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Mathew Leckie has given the Socceroos a World Cup qualifying lifeline, striking a late winner to earn Australia a 2-1 win over Thailand.

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The Socceroos trudged off the pitch in Saitama last Thursday, crestfallen and soundly beaten, having offered up a performance against the Japanese that barely flickered.

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I’ve always admired the pig headedness in Ange Postecoglou. It isn’t necessarily a negative trait in people.

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For the first time since Kevin Keegan drew 17,000 fans to the Gabbie Stadium some 30 odd years ago, football folk in Blacktown have a reason to be excited.

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The Socceroos take on Thailand tonight in what could be their final World Cup qualifier for the 2018 tournament, with the kick-off time scheduled for 8pm (AEST).

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