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Socceroos utility Luke Wilkshire looks for fast start to fourth round 2014 World Cup qualifying

Socceroos utility Luke Wilkshire looks for fast start to fourth round 2014 World Cup qualifying

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Wilkshire believes the Socceroos can set up World Cup qualification with a sound start to the fourth round, similar to their 2010 campaign to reach South Africa

Australia utility Luke Wilkshire expects a stern test from Denmark on Saturday as the Socceroos amp up their preparations for the final stage of 2014 World Cup qualifying.

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has not had his squad together since February's 4-2 victory over Saudi Arabia at AAMI Park.

He will have a small window to assess his players when they take on Denmark in a friendly in Copenhagen, ahead of his opponents' appearance at Euro 2012.

That match will be Australia's only friendly before their first game in the fourth stage of AFC 2014 World Cup qualifying - an away clash against Oman in Muscat [June 8], followed by an equally tough assignment against Japan in Brisbane [June 12].

When the Socceroos won their way through to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, they started the final stage of qualification with a 4-0 belting of Qatar to set the tone for the round, and then went on to advance with a game to spare.

According to Dinamo Moscow right-back Wilkshire, Australia are looking to replicate that fast start this time around.

"It's very important that we get off to a good start and the results are what counts," he said.

"[Oman is] definitely going to be a tough game.

"We know the conditions are going to be difficult. I mean they showed us last time when they managed to put one over us last time around.

"It's the start of this next group for us, it's going to be a massive game. They're at home so it's going to be very difficult but we need to get a result.

"[And] I mean, ourselves and Japan are the two favourites to go through the group, it's going to be difficult, that game is definitely going to be a tough one."

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