The countdown is on to this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be held in June in France. For Australia’s Matildas, this will be their seventh-straight World Cup appearance.
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The Socceroos put in a good shift against France, but at the end of the day they didn’t get anything out of the game.
There must be tweaks to the game plan for the Socceroos to go further at the 2018 World Cup.
The Socceroos have to claim six points out of the remaining six that are available. The objective must be to go out on the pitch and put the ball in the back of the net. Therefore, it’s a non-negotiable that the Socceroos need to gamble.
Jackson Irvine and Daniel Arzani have to start, there is no other option.
Matt Leckie would be a better option than Naboutt up front, because he can get the ball in the back of the net as he showed when he scored a brace against Czech Republic in a friendly.
Arzani has to play instead of Robbie Kruse; Kruse offered nothing against France and would struggle to get a game in the A-League.
Irvine must play in place of Tom Rogic. Mass Luongo should be in the starting line up in the attacking midfield position. I would also play Milos Degenek instead of Josh Risdon.
My line up against Denmark would be as follows:
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan
He was outstanding in the first half.
Left Back: Aziz Behich
He showed against France that he has the ability to go forward.
Left Centre Back: Marc Milligan
Proved that he deserves to be a permanent starter in the heart of defence with a solid performance against France.
Right Centre Back: Trent Sainsbury
Sainsbury was just about the best player on the field against France.
Right Back: Milos Degenek
He is slightly more solid in defence as Josh Risdon and also has the ability to create things as he showed in the friendly against Czech Republic.
Defensive Midfield: Aaron Mooy
Played an outstanding game against France.
Left Sided Midfielder: Daniel Arzani
Gives the Socceroos another string to their bow; Needs to play a full ninety minutes.
Central Midfielder: Mile Jedinak (Captain)
He showed great leadership against the French.
Right Sided Midfielder: Jackson Irvine
Always performs when given the opportunity.
Attacking Midfielder: Massimo Luongo
Should play in an attacking position as he is more effective when playing in that position.
Striker: Matthew Leckie
More potent when playing up front.
First substitute: Jamie Maclaren- Australia played well when he was on the field against Czech Republic in a friendly.
Second substitute: Andrew Nabbout
Despite not having an impact in the game against France, he played with great endeavour.
Third Substitute: Tim Cahill
A spiritual leader for the Socceroos, needs to play as an impact player.