SYDNEY: Australia’s Socceroos are optimistic of getting through the group stage despite drawing higher-ranked teams at the 2018 World Cup, officials said Saturday.
The Socceroos, who are searching for a new national team coach following the resignation of Ange Postecoglou upon qualifying, are grouped with former winner France, Denmark and Peru in Group C.
“It is obvious when you are in Pot 4 that you are going to come up against three strong opponents, and if you look at the FIFA rankings that’s what we’ve got,” assistant coach Ante Milicic said from Moscow.
“Although it’s a difficult group we believe in ourselves and definitely (can) advance, progress from the group.”
One football writer tweeted: “So Socceroos draw 9th, 11th and 12th ranked teams in world. That’s a huge ask.”