As the hours tick by until the Socceroo’s huge FIFA World Cup assignment against defending champions France, Aussies are a mixture of nerves, hope and optimism.
The Socceroos have a mountain ahead of them here and there is no Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell or John Aloisi to help us punch above our weight. This is the most inexperienced side we’ve ever sent to a World Cup.
Australia will not have a strike weapon like Cahill this time around, pictured scoring during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Playoff match between the Socceroos and Syria
The Australian Socceroos World Cup squad pose during the Australia Official Team Photo at Aspire Training Ground
But – and this is a massive but – drawing France first presents Australia with its only real chance of progression. The defending…