Aaron Mooy shines but don't let Socceroos score fool you

The scoreline looked like a rout, but there was plenty of warning signs for the Socceroos

You can be forgiven for thinking the Socceroos 4-0 victory over Czech Republic was a superb attacking performance, with defensive soladarity at the back.

But in reality, it was a match that enforced just how much work Bert van Marwijk's men need to do over the next 14 days to ensure they are ready to play France - one of the favourites to win the World Cup.

While there was some positives, several negatives also reared their ugly heads and it must be noted that Czech players in holiday mode are different to French stars driven to clinch football's showpiece tournament.

The big plus was the brilliant form of Aaron Mooy, who produced arguably his best performance in green and gold, playing in a conducter role from a deep midfield position.

Mooy has generally played further forward for the Socceroos previously, and seems to perform better at club level than for the national team, but this time around he was industrious, demanding the football constantly and controlling the tempo of the game.

It looks as if Australia's best player is finally about to make his stamp on the national team, and his role in midfield will be pivotal to hopes of progression from the group stage

Mathew Leckie was also superb down the right flank, constantly terrorising defenders, and also getting into the box twice to score goals.

Mathew Leckie Socceroos

Right-back Josh Risdon nailed down the position after his third solid performance in a row for the green and gold, while Andrew Nabbout likely sealed his seat on the plane to Russia with a well-taken goal.

But there was several worries as well - hopefully flaws that are not overlooked after handing the Czechs their worst ever defeat in international football.

Australia was carved open repeatedly in the first 30 minutes, with midfield ball giveaways and poor positioning allowing the Czechs to spring regular dangerous attacks.

Only a lack of cutting edge and finishing from the Czechs allowed Australia's clean sheet and some of the green and gold's defending was seriously questionable.

A similar effort in the first half an hour against France will see the Socceroos down 4-0 themselves, and their World Cup in tatters.

Mark Milligan was physical but looked a player uncomfortable at times in centre-half, while stand-in-captain Trent Sainsbury made several last ditch tackles but was caught out with his positioning on more than one occasion.

Australia's biggest worry was the performances of Tom Rogic and Massimo Luongo, who were stuck in the shadow of Mooy and failed to have much influence on proceedings.

Rogic did have flashes of brilliance but his final ball let him down multiple times, and Luongo had the opportunity to stake his claim for a starting role alongside Mooy but failed to grasp the chance with a relatively anonymous performance.

Massimo Luongo

While he got into good positions regularly, Robbie Kruse looked like he was lacking confidence and even though Nabbout scored, he was too easily beaten by defenders in one-on-one contests both in the air and on the dribble.

There are several crucial decisions Van Marwijk needs to make between now and the France match which don't really have clear answers.

Is Nabbout good enough to lead the line in the absence of Tomi Juric?

Would Rogic's guile or Jackson Irvine's grunt be better in the no.10 role?

Should skipper Mile Jedinak be dropped for Luongo, so the latter can resume his partnership with Mooy?

Which centre-half should play alongside Sainsbury?

Who should the other winger be to Mathew Leckie - Kruse, Daniel Arzani or Dimi Petratos.

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Hopefully the answers will become clearer after the Hungary match on June 9.

The one thing for certain is that the Socceroos and their supporters have cause for optimism about the upcoming matches.

But there is plenty of work to be done and a fearsome Les Bleus lie in wait.