Under pressure to perform: Socceroos coach Holger Osieck. Photo: Getty Images
Socceroos players insist they are unwavering in their support of Holger Osieck amid speculation the national coach's job is on the line against France.
Osieck leads Australia into Friday's friendly against a strong French team in Paris with his position under threat following last month's 6-0 drubbing by Brazil.
Reports suggest another poor performance could result in the German being axed despite already guiding the Socceroos to next year's World Cup, while there are claims Football Federation Australia have already sought out potential replacements.
But the talk has not unsettled the playing group in the French capital, according to veteran defender Luke Wilkshire, who insists the manager has the full backing of his troops.
"I don't think that's ever been in question and the talk and suggestion, that's just the world of football," Wilkshire said on Tuesday.
"It's not a concern for us.
"We come into camp and every player who pulls on a green and gold jersey wants to perform for their country first and foremost, and for the team, for each other and for the coach.
"Everyone is 100 per cent behind him (Osieck) and the whole squad, we're all together in this."
Goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, expected to make his debut in Mark Schwarzer's absence, echoed Wilkshire's views and said the players were highly motivated to get a result against Les Bleus.
Wilkshire returns to the squad after missing the loss in Brasilia with a knee injury.
The Dynamo Moscow star is still managing the problem but is confident of being fit to face a star-studded French side.
Australia are not shying away from their Brazilian nightmare, with Osieck conducting an early post-mortem of the performance with his squad in Paris.
"It's one of those games you just want to forget but the reality is, it happened," Wilkshire said.
"It is disappointing and we need to learn from it.
"Playing against someone like France is another massive test and you can't dwell on it too much. You need to look at what went wrong and what we can improve."
France have named a powerful squad including Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery and Manchester City's Samir Nasri and they won't take Australia lightly at Parc des Princes after a mixed run of results.
Their 4-2 win away to Belarus last month ended a five-game winless and goalless run and the 25th-ranked side will use the Socceroos clash as a tune-up for next week's crunch home World Cup qualifier against Finland.
France coach Didier Deschamps refused to say on Tuesday whether in-form Arsenal frontman Olivier Giroud or Real Madrid star Karim Benzema would earn the lead striker's role against Australia.
Australia have lost Brett Holman and Tom Rogic due to injury.