Socceroos changes looming as Arnold clarifies Tim Cahill cameo

Graham Arnold Socceroos
"It's all about us."

After an encouraging if at times frustrating 1-1 draw with Korea Republic, Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he will tinker with his starting 11 to face Lebanon on Tuesday.

With first-team regulars Robbie Kruse and Tom Rogic both left out of an updated squad due to minor injuries, the green and gold will take on a different look in Sydney.

Looming as the Socceroos last game before the Asian Cup in January, Arnold is keen give fringe players a chance to impress and admitted a handful of spots are up for grabs. 

"It's a great opportunity for me to have a look at other players," Arnold said.

"The boys who started against South Korea were excellent. There will be some in that game who start and others who will be given a great opportunity.

"It's just about giving players the opportunity to show what they have in this last hit out before the Asian Cup."

Craig Goodwin and Rhyan Grant have been added to the Socceroos squad after originally being included as train-on players.

"Craig gives us something totally different and that's a left footer, left winger that can play high and wide," Arnold said.

"And Rhyan Grant gives us another option to look at at right-full-back." 

While acting as a testimonial match for Tim Cahill, Arnold's full focus remains on getting a result and giving players a chance to push their case for selection come January.

Though adamant Cahill deserves a fitting send off, the Socceroos coach stressed his focus will be on the team and Cahill will only get a cameo appearance late in the game. 

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"The first 85 minutes is all about our performance," Arnold said.

"It's all about what we practice at training, the principles and going out there with a winning mentality right from the first minute - there are no friendly games. 

"The last five minutes can be for Timmy, the last two minutes can be for Timmy, it's all about us."