Socceroos won't take "young, hungry" Germany for granted

Russian Federation is warming up for the 2018 World Cup by playing hosts to this event with this match set to take place at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Wright, who made the move to Championship side Bristol City in January, is one of those in contention but recognises he needs to perform well to make the starting 11.

The Socceroos' last outing ahead of the Confederations Cup was a 4-0 humbling at the hands of Brazil in a Melbourne friendly.

"We're a new squad and I think with each training session and with each game we're getting more confident", Kimmich said.

"Obviously I play in Italy where these things unfortunately happen quite often", Ruediger said.

And despite the shock start, Wright has the support of his teammates.

"We can't just expect that everything will function seamlessly", he said. The oldest tried to join him by also scoring his first tournament goal, but Sandro Wagner's diving header was off target. But we really want to do it on the world stage with everyone watching and the whole world watching.

Many regular starters have been given the summer off to rest after a grueling couple of years, notably Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mesut Ozil.

But Wright is under no illusion that Germany, the highest ranked team at the tournament at number three, will still be a formidable opponent.


"I have a good feeling with this team, I am surprised at how quickly they have implemented the tactical requirements".

"If we can play the style that we know, we can most definitely beat them".

"Our stars should not be fearful (of losing their places) because they have been playing at a top-notch level and are world champions", Loew said. They will face each other in Kazan on June 22.

"The key thing for us is believing in the way we play and the philosophy of the last two or three years", he added.

"Now comes an unpleasant game in which the Australians will try, with their physiques and toughness, to take us on".

"In defence I feel there's a lot of mistakes there that can be exploited and we'll be able to hit them on the counter hard".

The team's performances in Russian Federation this week will therefore set the tone for the remainder of Postecoglou's tenure - the manager has already signalled that he will step down when his contract expires in July 2018.

"We want to get good combinations going, as we did well against San Marino and Denmark". He, at 29, is one of the older hands in the squad assembled in Sochi, and if worldwide recognition has come late to him, the Hoffenheim centre-forward has a strong sense he has the qualities to fill one of the few roles where Low does not have an abundance of choice. The European powerhouse has chose to use the tournament for experimentation and to increase depth ahead of next year's World Cup.

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