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Socceroos won't make it out of World Cup group, says Zeljko Kalac

02:42 SAST 2018/04/21
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The green and gold will be lucky to pick up a point according to the goalkeeping coach

In typical Zeljko Kalac fashion, the former Australian keeper has shot down the Socceroos hopes of making it out of a tough World Cup group in Russia.

Never one to mince his words, the 45-year-old with 54 national team caps to his name couldn't find any reason for optimism with the green and gold drawn in a group alongside Denmark, France and Peru.

After seeing the Socceroos smashed 4-1 by Norway in March and then ride their luck to hold Colombia to a 0-0 draw, Kalac is adamant Australia will struggle at the World Cup

"We won't get out of the group," Kalac told The Daily Football Show.

"I thought we might be able to beat Peru, but after watching two matches of Peru I don't think we'll beat them either.

"I think the most we'll get is a point somewhere.

"We'll get belted by France in the first game...Denmark will beat us."

Previously critical of the short-term appointment of Bert van Marwijk as Socceroos coach, the former Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeping coach believes a lack of motivation and squad quality will cost Australia. 

"Bert's come in to do a job, whether he's successful or not, does it matter to him? No," he said.

"I don’t think we've got enough quality to get through.

"We've got one player in Tom Rogic that's got a bit of x-factor and can actually make something happen.

"We haven't got enough goals in us against good opposition. I see us struggling once again."

Kalac seemed genuinely lost for answers when asked how the Socceroos could produce a shock or two and defy his bleak assessment.

But he ultimately did suggest Australia can't hope to play stylish football against such highly rated opposition. 

"If we play on the counter that's probably our best option," he said. 

"I think we're going to have to defend very good to give ourselves a chance."