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The lowdown: road to Brazil

Now Australia have navigated the qualifiers, the countdown to Rio can begin in earnest.

Cahill and co. back on board as Socceroos feel World Cup qualifying heat

Tim Cahill

Laine Clark The cavalry may have arrived for Holger Osieck but the Socceroos coach does not feel like a man under fire ahead of Australia's crunch World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

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Osieck overhauls defence to kick-start campaign

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Dominic Bossi Socceroos coach Holger Osieck hinted at an overhaul of the squad following last month's 2-1 loss away to Jordan and today he responded by cutting three defenders from the team that will play Iraq in...

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Young Socceroos to make step up

Footballer Tommy Oar.
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Holger Osieck has asked for more from his seasoned campaigners, but it is the Socceroos' young guns who are ready to step up against Iraq in Wednesday morning's World Cup qualifier.

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Osieck calls for Neill to step up

Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill, right, during Australia's most recent World Cup qualifying match against Jordan.

Tom Wald Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill has received a far from glowing endorsement from coach Holger Osieck before Australia's World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Doha.

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Youth finally in full bloom for Socceroos

Footballer Tommy Oar.
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Tom Wald Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is set to really give youth a chance following Australia's much-needed 2-1 victory over Iraq in their World Cup qualifier in Doha.

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Osieck urged to give younger players a try

Brett Emerton.

Joe Barton Overlooked Socceroo Brett Emerton wants to use next month's international friendly against South Korea as his springboard back into the national set-up.

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Socceroos turn to next generation

Called up: Tom Rogic.

Sebastian Hassett But don't put too much pressure on Rogic, says Osieck.

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Rogic bangs down door to national team

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15:  Tom Rogic of Australia and the Central Coast Mariners shares a joke with fellow players during a Nike and FFA media announcement at Carriageworks on October 15, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) Tom Rogic headshot

Lee Gaskin Socceroos bolter Tom Rogic is keeping his feet on the ground and refusing to dream of featuring in the 2014 World Cup.

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Osieck brings back Bresciano for Saudi clash

Sam Lienert Socceroos coach Holger Osieck says World Cup veteran Mark Bresciano is mentally refreshed and ready to help the team reach the sport's showpiece event for a third straight time.

No Kewell, but Cahill's coming

If you want to see Harry Kewell or Brett Emerton next week then you'll have to go to Melbourne. Socceroos coach Holger Osieck left the pair out of the squad to play Malaysia in Canberra.