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Williams confident of realising Australian ambitions with Portsmouth

Australian attacker Ryan Williams is confident that he can make progress in his international career while plying his trade with Portsmouth. The 25-year-old has been one of the consistent performers in the past two seasons with Rotherham United and that earned him a debut for the Socceroos during a friendly against South Korea last month.

In a report covered by, Williams has said that he can maintain a regular role with the national side despite opting to drop to League One with Portsmouth this summer, he told: “Representing my country is something I’ve wanted for a long time, now I’ve managed to do it. I spoke to the Australian manager who told me that as long as I am fit, playing and playing well then I’ll be in contention.

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Mathew Ryan speaks about Australia’s opportunity at Copa America 2020

Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan has said that the nation have got a fantastic opportunity to express themselves after being invited to feature in the 2020 Copa America. Australia and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have been called up as outside guests to participate in the tournament and Ryan is looking forward to the Socceroos making an impression.

“Going into a tournament like that with the quality of opposition that we’re going to be facing and the experience it’s all going to give us is going to be phenomenal for us moving forward as a nation. The more games we can get of that higher quality, common sense tells you, the better we’re going to get, the better we’re going to progress. So I’ve got no doubt that tournament is going to be of massive importance for our growth as a footballing nation and a footballing team and footballing individuals,” he told reporters.

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The transfer window is getting heated up as clubs vie for signings as they look to strengthen ahead of the coming season. The Premier League clubs have also been thick in action with several players exiting clubs and potential signings on the verge of completing moves.

One player that has been linked to several clubs is Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy. The Australia international is said to be on the radar of West Ham,Wolves, Bournemouth and Brighton.

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Graham Arnold to try new players

Australia football team head coach Graham Arnold said that he will be using the next friendly game against South Korea to try some new players. He said that this will be a great opportunity for him to test the depth of the squad and to try some new things in the team.

Graham Arnold said that the objective of the Australian team is to make it to the 2022 World Cup and for that they have to go through the qualifiers that will be starting soon.

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Graham Arnold, who is presently in charge of Australian senior men’s Football team, is not sure whether he can oversee the Australian junior team as well whom he oversaw on an interim basis in the Olympic qualification matches recently.

The matches of the junior team are mostly scheduled round about at the same time of the year when the senior team plays their matches, hence it’s virtually impossible for a coach to be in charge of both the teams and Arnold understands it.

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Financial Reasons behind Australia’s Lack of International Action

Graham Arnold and Australia’s national team seem to have missed out on a valuable opportunity in order to get back to winning ways, as the team would not be involved in the international break for the first time since 2004. After exiting the AFC Asian Cup 2019 in the quarter-finals, Graham Arnold indicated that there was a lot of scope to improve the team. However, the national team have elected to opt against playing in the international window for March. The national team’s next match will be in the summer when the fixtures are out.

The decision not to be involved in the international window is surprising, as Australia have been a regular when it comes to FIFA windows for the last 15 years. Australia would have gained valuable experience in the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers, but Arnold seems to be comfortable not to be part of the window. There is also a huge financial decision behind opting against playing in this window. The Australian football Federation has been struggling with finances for the last four years.The decision to skip the window will also benefit players like Mark Milligan, Mat Ryan, and Aaron Mooy. These names have been able to benefit from a break just as in the season heads into the business end.

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Jackson Irvine admits disappointment after Australia’s Asian Cup exit

Hull City midfielder Jackson Irvine has admitted that he was disappointed with the nature of Australia’s exit from the recent Asian Cup. The Socceroos were one of the favourites to reach the final of the tournament but that was not meant to be after hosts United Arab Emirates secured a shock 1-0 win over them at the quarter-final stage.

Speaking to Hull Live, Irvine said that he was pleased with his involvement at the tournament, although there was sadness with the early exit, he quipped: “I enjoyed it, even if I was home a week earlier than I’d have liked. It was a sad way to leave it in the end but I love playing for my country. It’s always such an honour and to be involved in another major tournament was amazing.”

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Kevin Muscat Unhappy with Penalty Decision against Corey Brown

Kevin Muscat says that the decision to award a penalty against Corey Brown for a handball inside the penalty box may set a precedent for any player who accidentally handles the ball inside the box. In a recent match between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory, the latter were able to take the lead when Corey Brown accidentally touched the ball from a few metres away when Neil Kilkenny flicked in his direction. Worldwide, referees do not give penalties for such incidents since there is very little time for a player to react and take his hand out of the way.

However, referee Jarred Gillett decided to hand a penalty to the incident and even the VAR decision did not change matters. Perth Glory opened the scoring with this penalty and went on to win the game with a 2-1 score.Muscat was understandably upset after the match and he said that there was little Brown could have done for the incident. In such a situation, it is wrong for the referee to hand a penalty, which may serve as a precedence for future incidents of such nature. However, Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic did not tend to agree with Kevin Muscat and admitted that it was a penalty.

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Craig Moore suggests Tom Rogic could pursue big-money move elsewhere

Former Australia international Craig Moore believes Tom Rogic could pursue a fresh challenge away from Celtic in the forthcoming years despite committing to a new long-term contract with the club. Rogic’s initial deal was due to expire at the end of the previous campaign but the Hoops managed to find the breakthrough to extend his stay for another five seasons.

Despite this, Moore does not feel his compatriot would remain with the Scottish champions for an extended period and there could be a time where he does move on from the Glasgow giants, he said: “A lot of people didn’t believe Tom could come to Scotland and do well for Celtic. I was always convinced he would. I knew what was there and what he had to offer. He is very good in his area. He is good at creating opportunities, he is good at scoring goals, he is good at assisting.

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Graham Arnold Admits Jordan Defeat Comes As a Shock

Australian national team was at the end of a shock 1-0 defeat by Jordan in the Asian Cup and manager Graham Arnold claimed that it was one of those days that should be used as a wake-up call for the team. Meanwhile, Jordan manager Vital Borkelmans was in full praise of his players for executing a plan to perfection. This was the opening match in the group B and Australia where overwhelming favourites for a victory. However, defender AnasBani-Yaseen scored from a header in the first half to provide the decisive difference between the two teams.

Now, Australia are facing the risk of getting out of the Asian Cup at an early stage. Australia have every reason to be worried at this result taking the focus away from the team. The national team are up against Palestine on Friday and they are once again favourites to get a victory. Even though Australia had an incredible 77% of the ball against Jordan, they were unable to make much of an impact with the same. On most occasions, Australia were sluggish and did not create many chances.
Furthermore, Jordan were in a compact shape that made it harder for the opposition to break them down. After the game, Arnold claimed that Jordan need to be praised for coming up with a strong defensive performance.

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