Kilshaw on World Cup: ?Bring it on

THE scene is set for Australia's ultimate sporting conquest ? attempting to qualify for football's World Cup.

Australia's Socceroos will face their final qualifying games against Uruguay and Rockhampton-based Frenchville Sports Club Cougars State Cup coach Justin Kilshaw yesterday said "bring it on''.

Kilshaw is mixed with hope and fear leading into the final round of qualifiers as each team attempts to book a start in Germany next year.

Can the Socceroos take the elusive next step?

"They certainly can and it's vital for us (Australia's football commu- nity) that they do,'' Kilshaw said.

At the same time Kilshaw is well aware of the vast contrasts the teams have faced in the build-up.

Uruguay have been battling on the South American pitches against teams like Argentina and Brazil while Australia has faced the Solomon Island and Jamaica ? hardly powerhouses in world soccer.

"For me it's all about the preparation,'' Kilshaw said.

"The Socceroos should have nothing to fear. Most of the squad were there last time around. They need to go out and give it everything on the day.''

Kilshaw expects a more attacking Socceroos side this time around under new coach, Gus Hiddink.



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