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Bert van Marwijk feeling Australian ahead of facing 'emotional' Peru

09:31 EAT 26/06/2018
Bert van Marwijk Socceroos
Still don't call him Aussie Bert though...

He's a born and bred Dutchman, but less than six months with the Socceroos has seen Bert van Marwijk admit to feeling 'a little bit' Australian.

In what could be van Marwijk's final game in charge of the green and gold, the Socceroos face Peru knowing a win and a Denmark defeat to France should see them secure a place in the round of 16.

Van Marwijk was appointed on a short-term basis after Ange Postecoglou resigned and he's clearly enjoyed his time in charge of Australia.

"I feel already, a little bit, as an Australian," van Marwijk said.

"It's been very nice to work with these players and the whole squad."

He will of course be hoping to secure another game with the Socceroos and a win against Peru is a must on Tuesday in Sochi.

Peru have lost both of their games in Russia to date and can't progress past the group stages. 

With a point to prove to however and yet to score at this World Cup, van Marwijk is wary of the South Americans - adamant his side must back themselves with the appropriate caution.

“The opponent is an emotional team so you can expect everything," he said. 

"We have to trust our way of playing.

“I think that's the key so there is nothing to do with forcing some things. Forcing things is only in the second half, and it depends on how the situation is.

"I don't think you must force something from the beginning. We must first get our natural rhythm that we play.”