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  • October 11, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
  • • Attendance: 30000

France-Australia Preview: Osieck's job on the line in Paris

France-Australia Preview: Osieck's job on the line in Paris


The Soceroos boss is under intense pressure in the wake of September's 6-0 drubbing at the hadns of Brazil - even though his side have already qualified for the World Cup

Australia's head coach Holger Osieck may be sacked if his side fail to produce a decent performance against France in Paris on Friday.

Coming into the friendly on the back of a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Brazil in September, the German is under intense pressure despite having helped Socceroos qualify for next year's World Cup.

That huge defeat, combined with Australia's failure at the East Asian Cup and an inability to regenerate an ageing squad, have put Osieck in the firing line, with reports suggesting that the Football Federation Australia (FFA) have already begun sounding out potential replacements.

Another heavy defeat could therefore signal the end for Osieck. Indeed, while the Socceroos may be coming up against one of the world's best teams for the second outing in a row, they must avoid embarrassment this time around.

In terms of team news, Brett Holman (quadriceps) and Tom Rogic (groin) have been withdrawn from the squad due to injury.

Osieck may decide to give opportunities to fresher faces against France,  or leave the experimentation until Tuesday's clash with Canada in London.

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been left out of the squad and that opens up a position for either Mat Ryan (Club Brugge) or Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund).

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough), Jason Davidson (Heracles) should get game time, as should Dario Vidosic (Sion) and possibly the likes of Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) and Mathew Leckie (Frankfurt).

France coach Didier Deschamps has named a strong squad but could have an eye on his team's World Cup qualifier against Finland on Tuesday.

The matches should provide striker Karim Benzema with yet another chance to break his international goal drought.

The Real Madrid striker last netted for his country in June last year and could finally be back on the scoresheet playing in front of the likes of Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri.

Les Bleus are unlikely to finish top of their group in qualifying but can finish no lower than second – probably behind reigning world champions Spain.

Several of Deschamps' second-string players are likely to be given the chance to show what they are capable of against a struggling Australia outfit.

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