BERT van Marwijk says that information overload was the only reason he won’t unleash his full game plan, declaring he had nothing to hide from opposition spies in his Socceroos unveiling.
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Scouts from France, Peru and Denmark will watch Saturday morning’s friendly against Norway at Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadium, including Danish national team coach Age Hareide.
Van Marwijk gave little away regarding his inaugural first XI, but it’s expected that he will mix things up with several new faces set to feature.
While changes will be implemented gradually leading up to the World Cup opener against France on June 16, van Marwijk said they were out to beat Norway.
“I will never hide anything, I never did,’’ van Marwijk said.
“For me it’s important that we try develop our team, our way of playing and that the players become better and better. So I don’t have a lot of secrets.
“We tried to change some things, but not too much. You cannot do that in a few days.
“The short time we have we have prepared really well, done everything we could do.
“I want to win every game if possible. We will do everything to achieve that.
“But we’ve only had two normal trainings so this period is to get to know each other better — that’s the most important thing.”
Late arrivals Tom Rogic (Celtic), Tomi Juric (Luzern) and James Troisi (Melbourne Victory) have all completed at least two full sessions, with all 26 players partaking in the final session giving van Marwijk a full deck to choose from in his debut.
The match kicks off at 4am (EDT) Saturday and will be televised live on Fox Sports and Network Ten.
Socceroos’ 26-man squad
Mat Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion FC, England), Danny Vukovic (KRC Genk, Belgium), Brad Jones (Feyenoord, Holland)
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos, Japan), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Bluewings, Korea), James Meredith (Millwall, England), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshoppers Zurich, Switzerland), Aleksandar Susnjar (FK Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England)
Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), Jackson Irvine (Hull, England), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers, England), Mark Milligan (Al Ahli, Saudi Arabia), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)
Tim Cahill (Millwall, England), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mattew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets)