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Nestory Irankunda also picked up an assist on debut for the Aussies and said he is targeting some more minutes back at home in Perth. Socceroos vs Palestine, australia vs palestine

Nestory Irankunda also picked up an assist on debut for the Aussies and said he is targeting some more minutes back at home in Perth.

Joe Gauci was the preferred goalkeeper on Thursday, making his third appearance in the senior green and gold.

Graham Arnold revealed he will make nine changes from the match in Dhaka, though it remains to be seen in Gauci is one of two players to retain their places.

In addition, Ryan Strain put in a solid display at right back for Australia on his return to the team as Arnold continues to ponder who will fill the role long-term.

Australia faced their toughest test of this group phase when they travelled to Kuwait to take on Palestine in November.

Harry Souttar’s early goal gave Arnold’s men a lead that they desperately held onto in spite of Palestine’s causing a few hairy moments at the back.

Palestine have also already qualified for the next round, with their only loss of the group so far coming in that 1-0 November defeat.

They played out a 0-0 stalemate with Lebanon in their first game of the June window on Friday morning in Qatar.

Wessam Abou Ali and Oday Dabbagh are likely to be the dangermen upfront for Palestine on Tuesday.

Dabbagh plys his trade in Belgium’s top flight and found the net in a 3-2 win against Jordan Bos’ Westerlo in Round 15 of this season.

Australia have the chance to finish their first round of qualifying with a flawless run, and with breed greater confidence heading into the next phase.

Australia: 24th

Palestine: 93rd

Played: 2

Wins: 2

Draws: 0

Losses: 0

"You'll see nine different starters tomorrow, I think that it's important for me to use this window as well and it's all winning. And as Connor said it's winning, but this window for me is also testing some players and looking at the players in a different way of moving forward. I'm happy with where we're at today, with the depth of the squad."

He's (Alessandro Circati) a very mature kid for his age, on the football side of things as well. Nothing rattles him at all. I left him out of the Asian Cup for him just to focus on his club football and go for promotion and he's done that and done it very, very well. And it's incredible to see that our strength, that's in our centre back position." 

"The higher the level that we play at our clubs, the better we can do in tournaments, the better we can compete with these other big nations and other big players. So it's yeah, it's obviously very important for more Australians to get overseas and really gain more experience."

"I'm expecting a tough game. They're a very tough opposition, they've got a lot of individual quality and we're prepared for a fight."

“I'm obviously buzzing to be having a camp in my hometown.”

“To play for the Socceroos here [Perth] would be a dream, being only my second cup would be, something that I couldn't even write when I was three years back, four years back. It would be an absolute honour, an absolute pleasure to play in front of, some family and some friends who haven't actually been able to see me play other than, playing down at local, Dorrien Gardens or something when I was 14-15.”

“We're playing for pride. For me to play in Perth, if I come here and lose, I'm not happy at all.”

Obviously, Mum was probably a bit more excited than what Dad was. Dad's a bit more, relaxed, pulled back, but inside, they're both extremely happy and extremely excited.

“I was in Kuwait when we played them [Palestine] they’re actually a good team. They’ve got some good players going forward, very physical team and a team that obviously has a lot to play for, rightly so, obviously, what's happening over there.”

“Regarding keeping the five clean sheets, obviously, that's what a defender is supposed to do.”

Their accomplishment of the game is to keep a clean sheet. And if that's done, you can't lose the game. So half of the game is already done by keeping a clean sheet, and that's what I'll be trying to do if I can manage to play.”

“It was difficult last time when we played them away from home neutral venue but again, it was a challenge. I didn't actually play in that game but watching it was a tough experience for the boys, and we're expecting no different really. It’ll be a similar team we play against and they'll try and do the same thing and try and frustrate us and, and do what they're good at. So it's up to us to try and stop them.”

“In my time playing with the Socceroos which isn't a long time so far. We've seen a lot of new faces and then some of the guys who've been involved for years, so it's a great group. The culture is second to none, so anybody who comes in is welcome straightaway.”

It's probably what carries us quite far. The culture is amazing. And long may that continue. I think that's what we're built on - good culture and good times together. It's really good to be part of it.

“It is home really [Perth]. Friends and family will be there, I’m already swamped for tickets. It will be a special occasion for me in particular.”

“I know the boss speaks a lot having depth and I do think certainly for every single position on the park there are boys that are challenging each other for starting positions and that's not always been the case. It's really good to see a lot of young boys coming in camp maybe for the first or second time and challenging the older lads. We've not got some of them here due to injury or suspensions and stuff, but certainly, the squad depth is looking really good. We're going to need that come the next stage, the important stage of qualifying.”

I just think you just got to be at it every day in training and whatever you've done in the past; it means nothing really when you come into camp it's just what you produce for training and trying to get into the team.

“Obviously, centre-half-wise, we've got a number of options, and all the lads here have had unbelievable seasons. Ale (Circati) over in Italy has been unbelievable. And What Cam [Burgess] has done with Ipswich this season has been remarkable.”

“Certainly not just centre-half but all over the pitch there are boys challenging for positions. And I think you just see that every day in training, it's ramped up and every single person is wanting to play. We're all friends, but obviously everyone's fighting for for that jersey.”

“It’s obviously amazing for me. I've never played for the national team in front of my friends and family. So this will be the first time, and it's something, as a young Perth boy you’d always dream of. Games in Perth don't come around too often so it's almost a bit of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So really looking forward to it and especially with the last time I was sitting in the stands, watching the game, when they played here, so I'm definitely looking forward to being on the field this time.”

I love playing two up top, it's my preferred way of playing. So I think coming into camp, and knowing and that's the way we have been playing is always a positive for me. 

"It's always enjoyable to sort of link up with another striker, but it's not easy and that's one of the challenges coming into camp. You’ve got to find that combination with the other strikers pretty quickly.”

“I'm looking forward to creating more of a partnership over the next few days and heading into the game against Palestine to keep pushing for that improvement in the front third.”

“We've obviously got a fantastic team with some top players so we just need to find those combinations and stick to what we're good at, and that's playing off each other and creating those chances in difficult circumstances. Palestine are a good team, and very good defensively, very physical and, play some good football, so it's gonna be a challenge to break them down. But I think if we stick to what we've been working on in training and keep progressing the way we've been going in the front third, then, I'm sure we'll get our chances, and we just need to make sure that we take them.”

“I think as a group and the mentality that we've set upon ourselves, we ideally want to win every game. First and foremost, we know we're out there in the right to do that. We definitely set up to win every game that we go into, but we know it's going to be a difficult match.” 

“They're a well-gelled team; they're together and very physical. So we're expecting the same again. I'm sure their levels of intensity won't drop. And, and we have to be prepared for that.” 

We have to be more clinical. We've had a lot of chances over the last few games, and we need to take those chances when they come. 

"So we had chances in Kuwait, to put the game to bed. And we made it tougher themselves in order to give them that glimmer of hope. And we defended well. We know their threats. But as attacking players, we have to take responsibility. And given that opportunity, we have to make sure the ball is in the back of the net.”  

“Defensively, we've been really strong. It's a credit to them [the defenders]. We base ourselves on clean sheets, and hopefully we can be dominant at the other end of the pitch.”  

“It helps when they're pitching in with goals as well with the threat that we have. So hopefully we can get another clean sheet.”  

"Every time I train on a train like I'm gonna play. So nothing has changed on that side.” 

Subway Socceroos v PalestineTuesday 11 June 2024HBF Park, PerthKick-off: 8:05pm AWST / 10:05pm AESTTickets: Start from Tickets: Start from $15 Child, $20 Concession, $25 Adult, and $50 Family. Tickets from Ticketmaster.Broadcast: 10, 10 Play, Paramount+

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