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'I prefer to lose two times 5-0' - Australia coach Bert Van Marwijk focused on World Cup opener against France

06:45 GMT+3 01/06/2018
Bert van Marwijk Socceroos
The green and gold boss explains it's all about how the team perform in their opening game in Russia

Australia may have two impending friendlies against Czech Republic and Hungary, but coach Bert van Marwijk is solely focused on their World Cup opener against France.

The Socceroos square off versus Czech Republic in Austria on June 1 before the 26-man preliminary squad is cut to a final 23 for Russia - with a final hitout scheduled against Hungary on June 10 (AEST).

While Van Marwik explained his dislike for defeat, he made it clear winning the friendlies was not the goal and it is all about getting the team prepared to take on tournament favourite France in Russia on June 16.

"The most important thing is that we are ready for the game against France," van Marwijk said.

"I prefer to lose two times 5-0 [in the friendlies] and win the game against France.

"I don't like to lose. Never.

"[Scoring and winning is] always important for the confidence of players.

"It's very important that when a striker doesn't score a goal for one or two months, it's important they score a goal."

The final Socceroos squad is expected to be released on June 4 - with three players chopped from the current list who are attending the team's pre World Cup training camp in Antalya, Turkey.

It's likely the squad picked for the Czech Republic match will be the players on the plane to Russia, and van Marwijk admitted that because of time constraints, decisions had already been made.

"I don't have the time to do a lot of experiments," he said.

"Maybe I'm sure for positions - 60 or 70 per cent."

The only Socceroo under a serious injury cloud is striker Tomi Juric, with a knee complaint seeing Jamie Maclaren be called into the squad on standby.

It's understood Juric trained solidly over the past couple of days, but his participation against the Czech Republic is in doubt.