Graham Arnold makes ONE change to the team that stunned Denmark as Australia coach calls on his Socceroos heroes to make World Cup history against Argentina
Graham Arnold has opted to make just one change to the side that stunned Denmark with the Australia side trusting his Socceroos heroes to defy the odds again versus Denmark.
The Socceroos are aiming to make history in Qatar as they look to reach the quarter final stage of the competition for the first time ever, but face a lofty task in strong contenders Argentina, who are led by Lionel Messi.
The Australians have a quick turnaround for tonight’s game, with around 72 hours between the contests, but Arnold has made just one change.
Graham Arnold has made just one change to the Socceroos team that defeated Denmark
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Ahead of the game, Arnold said: ‘I think the universe is paying us back for all the hard work we’ve done.
‘We’ve been named the ‘invincible underdogs’ around the world. Everyone is an underdog until you have success.
Australia are aiming to reach the quarter finals of the men’s World Cup for the first time
‘Nearly everyone in the world, at some stage in their life, has been an underdog. It’s not until you have success that you’re seen as a success.
‘Australia’s the underdogs. We love that. We love our backs to the wall and no one giving us a chance, going out there and fighting the Aussie spirit way.
‘That’s our strength.’
Meanwhile, Mat Ryan and Mathew Leckie also make history tonight, overtaking Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano with the highest World Cup appearances for Australia ever, with 10 caps each.