Ange Postecoglou has dismissed the suggestion that Australia will have an easy task in their opening game of joint qualifiers of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup against Kyrgyzstan on June 16.
The 2015 Asian Cup champions are heavy favorites in Group B, where they were placed along with Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.
“No Australian football team has ever been to Kyrgyzstan so we have done a lot of research, including a reconnaissance trip to Bishkek, to make sure we are well prepared for what will not be an easy task” said the 49-year-old coach.
“We go to Bishkek with the utmost respect for Kyrgyzstan and we know that we will have to be at our best to get off to a winning start.
Tim Cahill will return to international duty after the Socceroos veteran was called up by Postecoglou in Australia’s full-strength squad that will travel a 11,500-km journey to the Central Asian country.
“We’ve selected a relatively settled squad made up of the core of players that brought success at the Asian Cup but also the core of players that will take us through to the next World Cup,” he added.
“Before we travel to Bishkek, we have a week long camp in Dubai and it is a good opportunity to work hard with the core group of players who have been exposed to international football and the style of football we want to play.”