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Australian Football: Arnold calls for Oman focus

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is refusing to look too far ahead and is staying fully focused on the crucial World Cup qualifier against Oman on Wednesday.

Australia are priced at 500/1 to win the 2022 World Cup but there is still lots of hard work to be done just to qualify for the tournament.

Crucial fixtures

The Socceroos currently sit third on the ladder in group B and need to force their way into the top two to qualify automatically.

But with games against group leaders Saudi Arabia and second-placed Japan to come qualification is still in their own hands.

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However before then they face Oman and Arnold says it is crucial they focus on that game and get the win before moving on to the last two games.

"The last three games us, Japan and Saudi, all of us have to play against each other and we both have one other team to play," Arnold told reporters. "There's no use thinking about Japan or Saudi at the moment.

"It's all about playing Oman and beating Oman and then getting ready for that next camp, next FIFA window, against Japan and Saudi."

Behich to return

Full-back Aziz Behich is available again and is likely to step back in and replace Joel King who made his debut in the win over Vietnam.

King has just finalised a move from Sydney FC to Odense BK in the Danish Superliga and Arnold thinks it may have taken its toll a little.

"He (King) has had a really big week emotionally and you can just see a little bit in his eyes he seems pretty fatigued," Arnold added.

"Don't get me wrong, he's in good shape, but emotionally he's gone through a lot in the last week and it's great to have Aziz back."

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