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Socceroos Norway criticism, Jackson Irvine: ‘Kidding themselves’: Roos star slams Norway criticism

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JACKSON Irvine insists it’s far too early to write off the Socceroos World Cup campaign following Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing by Norway in Oslo. Irvine scored Australia’s only goal on a chastening night for new coach Bert van Marwijk and was one of the few players to emerge with any credit from the Ullevaal Stadium.

The Norwegians are ranked 20 places below the Socceroos, who sit 37th in the FIFA standings, but dominated the game, leaving van Marwijk with plenty to ponder from his first match in charge.

The Australian Socceroos Manager Bert van Marwijk gives instructions during a training session
The Australian Socceroos Manager Bert van Marwijk gives instructions during a training sessionSource: Getty Images

Irvine said criticism of the team’s performance was warranted but it was unfair to expect results under the new coach after just three full training sessions. “People are kidding themselves if they thought it was going to be click your fingers and it’s all going to come together after just four days together,” Irvine said.

“We need to focus on the right things every day.

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