Sport Cahill fit to play as defiant Postecoglou ignores scrutiny

19:51  14 november  2017
19:51  14 november  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Socceroos set for Honduran cauldron

  Socceroos set for Honduran cauldron Ange Postecoglou says it is Honduras who must get something out of the first leg of their World Cup play-off against Australia in San Pedro Sula.The Socceroos face the world No.69 Hondurans on Saturday morning (AEDT) in San Pedro Sula, beginning a two-match series that will send one of the teams to Russia.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

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Ange: These Kangaroos can play football

  Ange: These Kangaroos can play football Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has taken great pleasure in defending his side's meritorious performance in Honduras to local media.The result has the Socceroos neatly positioned to progress to the World Cup with a win in Wednesday's home tie where they'll start favourites.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday.

The Socceroos earned a valuable 0-0 draw and were unfortunate not to score at least one away goal in the first leg of the inter-confederation play-off in San Pedro Sula last week.

The fate of the two teams will come down to a tense encounter at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, as Australia attempt to reach their fourth successive World Cup finals.

Ange Postecoglou of Australia © Getty Images Ange Postecoglou of Australia But Postecoglou's uncertain situation has threatened to overshadow the team's preparations in recent months, with the 2015 Asian Cup-winning coach reportedly considering an exit regardless of whether his team advances. 

World Cup Qualifier: Socceroos to rely on 'Fortress Australia' against Honduras

  World Cup Qualifier: Socceroos to rely on 'Fortress Australia' against Honduras Forget "La Tumba" - the Socceroos' home record is more imposing than anything Honduras offer.The tyranny of distance has long been said to put Australia at a disadvantage in terms of its trading and economic relations with the rest of the world. But in sporting terms, the country's isolation can be a massive benefit, and for no team is this more apparent than for the Socceroos.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Addressing the media this week, the former Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss, who replaced Holger Osieck at the helm of the national team in 2013, was again questioned on his seemingly precarious position.

"You're asking about stuff that, mate, at the moment… I don't know, maybe you guys are different. Maybe if your job was on the line on Wednesday you'd be writing about that and not anything else," he replied.

Tim Cahill  © AAP Image/Julian Smith Tim Cahill  Tim Cahill celebrating after scoring his second goal during the  FIFA World Cup © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Tim Cahill celebrating after scoring his second goal during the FIFA World Cup

"I'm coaching for Wednesday night, nothing else. [My focus is] on making sure we win on Wednesday night. Anything outside that, I just don't have the luxury."

Something that is far more certain is Cahill's enduring status as a talisman for Australia, having scored a succession of crucial goals at home and abroad during the past decade and more - including a double that saw off Syria at the previous stage.

Postecoglou to consider future

  Postecoglou to consider future Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will sit down with FFA chiefs in the coming days to consider his future in the role.Postecoglou became the first Australian to guide the Socceroos to a World Cup with a 3-1 win over Honduras on Wednesday night but didn't end speculation over his tenure after the match.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has brushed off yet more scrutiny about his future and cleared Tim Cahill to play against Honduras in their decisive World Cup qualifying showdown on Wednesday. The Socceroos earned a valuable

Now back home and playing in the A-League for Melbourne City, the 37-year-old was an unused substitute in Honduras but has been given a clean bill of health by his coach after overcoming an ankle injury.

"He's ready to go from the start," Postecoglou said. "He probably could've played on Friday… but with that pitch, the way the game went, we were able to keep him fresh for this one.

"He's certainly ready to go. He trained fully yesterday, he'll train fully today. If he's limping, he's doing it in the room and hiding it from me."

Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos boss .
<p>Ange Postecoglou has sensationally quit as Socceroos boss just a week after helping the side qualify for the 2018 World Cup.</p>Ange Postecoglou has sensationally quit as Socceroos boss just a week after helping the side qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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