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02
Jul

Tom Rogic has insisted that he was never considering a Celtic exit

Australia international Tom Rogic has clarified that he always had the ambition of committing his future to Celtic. The midfielder was recently linked with a move to Southampton who have signed former Hoops teammates in James Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk but he has now secured a fresh five-year contract with the Scottish champions.

Speaking after his extension, he said: “There was only ever one thought on my mind. I can't control what's going on outside but within my own mind I wanted to stay here. No one had to sell the Celtic vision going forward too much, it sells itself. I've been here five years now so I know certainly what the club is about. I didn't need any more convincing. Obviously over the last couple of years we've been successful and the manager (Brendan Rodgers) has been a big part of that, so I'm excited to be working under him.”

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20
Jun

Can Australia Break Through Against Denmark?

Australia were not supposed to win their first match of the World Cup 2018, and they did fall to France. However, they performed admirably in that tournament opener, and look like they may be able to threaten the other two teams in Group C. With a huge match against Denmark coming up, can Australia get over the hump and deliver some much-needed points to their campaign?

Before focusing on Denmark, it is worth pointing out just how good Australia were against France. They were victims of two different Video Assistant Referee calls, both of which benefited the French.

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09
Jun

Bert Van Marwijk Has Australia World Cup Squad In Mind

Australia head coach Bert van Marwijk has admitted that he has already noted down a core of players who would be travelling for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The Dutchman has recently announced a 32-man provisional squad but this is expected to be slashed to 26 ahead of an intense training camp in Turkey. Thereafter, Van Marwijk will be tasked with picking his final 23-man squad for the global tournament.

Speaking to reporters, he said:"I should be lying if I didn't say that maybe in head are 26 or 27 players. Every coach has the same feeling.

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07
Jun

Can Australia progress from Group C?

Australia had to put in plenty of groundwork and travel a lot to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having come through the challenging route of the Asian section, which they have been members of since 2006.

The Socceroos had to travel to all of Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Thailand, Syria, as well as a detour to Malaysia, and finally Honduras to ultimately secure their spot in Russia this summer.

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31
May

Socceroos head to Russia with a bounce in their step

Despite having to go through two unwanted playoff rounds to secure their place in Russia this summer, Australia fans can have high hopes going into group stage action.

The Socceroos feared the worst after they were placed in pot 4 for the group stage draw but they will fancy their chances of matching their best ever performance in 2006 when they reached the round of 16 following the draw. Pitted against France, Peru and Denmark in Group C, Bert van Marwijk’s men will have their sights firmly set on progression to the last 16 and beyond.

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16
May

Paul Wade Urges Tom Rogic To Delay Celtic Contract Decision

Former Australia captain Paul Wade has urged Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic to delay his decision of signing a new Hoops contract until after the summer World Cup in Russia. The 25-year-old has just 14 months left on his existing deal with Brendan Rodgers’ side, and Wade believes the midfielder can put himself on the shot window with a couple of strongperformances for the Socceroos at the prestigious tournament.

Speaking on Sydney Morning Herald, he said: “Tom changes his mind so quickly and fluently that he can make anybody believe anything and with one touch he can completely change the picture. I don’t have a problem with any player thinking to themselves ‘you know what I’m going to put in and deliver here so that I can get a new deal or go to a new club’.Whatever it takes to perform at your best, go with it. As long as you keep the team in mind because the team is the priority, but everything else just go for it I say.”

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08
May

Australia Captain Mile Jedinak Keen To Impress

Australia captain Mile Jedinak is keen to impress for the Socceroos when they face-off against Norway in an international friendly on Friday. The game will be Bert van Marwijk’s first game in-charge of the visitors, and Jedinak is not taking his place for granted, having previously missed valuable playing time through injury.

Jedinak’s 2017 was hampered by a groin injury which forced him to miss the tail end of Aston Villa’s season as well as the Confederations Cup in Russia. The 33-year-old thereafter missed a couple of crunch FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Syria, before returning for the do-or-die two-legged playoff versus Honduras.

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12
Apr

Brendan Rodgers dismisses Tom Rogic contract speculation

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has refuted rumours which have suggested that Tom Rogic has declined a new contract with the Scottish champions. The Australia international joined the Hoops from Central Coast Mariners back in the summer of 2013 when Neil Lennon was still the club’s head coach. He has since been an influential player in the first-team, but his future has been put in question as he approaches the final year of his current contract.


In an interview with Sky Sports, Rodgers was quizzed about the contractual situation of Rogic after Australian publication The World Game suggested that he had turned down a probable extension. He told the publication: “I am not aware of that to be honest. We have just arrived back from Russia. I know Tom and his representatives have been speaking with the club for a little bit of time but that [the reports] are the first I have heard about that.”
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12
Mar

Can Australia negotiate tough 2018 World Cup group?

Australia became the 31st country to secure their spot at this summer's 2018 World Cup in Russia when they overcame Honduras 3-1 in their intercontinental play-off tie.

That victory also saw them finish as the Asia best third-placed nation and cement their position on Russian territory, where they have now been thrust into a tough and testing group stage. Within a challenging Group C, the Aussies are set to compete against three solid sides, as they prepare to do battle with all of Euro 2016's hosts and finalists France, South American outfit Peru and European contenders Denmark.

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06
Mar

Jamie Redknapp backs Aaron Mooy to play for an elite club

Former Liverpool midfielder-turned-pundit Jamie Redknapp believes Aaron Mooy is capable of being a hit with a top Premier League outfit. The Australia international joined Manchester City from sister club Melbourne City in 2016, and ultimately linked up with Huddersfield Town on a permanent basis last summer.

Mooy, 27, was a relatively unknown when he first stepped on the stage, but he made a name for himself during his loan stint at the John Smith's Stadium, where he helped the club clinch top-flight promotion after more than four decades. As a result, Huddersfield had no second thoughts over a permanent deal for the Australian, and they warded off interest from their league rivals in order to secure his services in the summer.

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