Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has waved off the past as mere “history” before their World Cup qualifier against tricky rivals Jordan.
Australia have been in dominant form in their three Group B games this campaign scoring 15 goals and conceding just one to be top on a maximum nine points.
Second-placed Jordan are just two points behind the Socceroos, having won twice and drawn once, in a group that also includes Kuwait, Taiwan and Nepal.
The Jordanians enjoy a fine home record against Australia, having won their encounters in 2012 and 2015.
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In their most previous clash in the 2019 Asian Cup group stage, Jordan stitched up Arnold’s men 1-0 in the United Arab Emirates.
But the Australia manager refuses to linger on that memory before they face Jordan at King Abdullah International Stadiumin Amman on Thursday (Friday 3am AEDT).
“No, totally different tournament, different time, different players, we’ve got different players we didn’t have then, we had injuries,” Arnold told AAP.
“They’re all lessons you learn in life, the past.
“So we can look at the past and say ‘OK, we’ve learnt lessons, now it’s about the future’.”
He also stressed that revenge isn’t a factor and the match isn’t about proving anything.
“The past in the past, it’s history,” Arnold said.
“We don’t even look at the past we just look at what’s now and what’s in front of us.”
The Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against rivals Jordan kicks off at 3am (AEDT) with coverage starting from 2:30am on Fox Sports 505.
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