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Australian Socceroos defender Harry Souttar addresses Japan in 2022 World Cup qualifying clash


The Socceroos get the chance to do something they’ve never done before – defeat Japan in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The Socceroos refuse to be distracted by their historic rivalry with Japan’s mainland nemesis in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday night.

The Australians landed in Tokyo this week ahead of their fourth meeting with Japan in as many World Cup qualifiers.

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In recent times, the Blue Samurai have had the measure of Australia – the Socceroos haven’t tasted victory over the Japanese since 2009 and have never beaten them at home.

But Tuesday’s game presents the best opportunity in recent memory for the Australians to break the drought, and also extend their streak in qualifying for the World Cup.

The Australians are at the top of their World Cup qualifying group and will move closer and closer to qualifying with another victory on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Japan have struggled to find their rhythm, losing two of their last three clashes.

Most recently, the Japanese suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Saudis, who have only qualified for one of the last three World Cups.

Lose again on Tuesday, and Japan face a tough road to automatic qualification.

The Socceroos insist, however, that while they are aware of the Blue Samurai’s current situation, they haven’t been drawn into thinking about the desperation of their rivals.

“We are aware of every result in the group. I think it would be silly of the guys not to look at the different results, ”defenseman Harry Souttar told reporters on Sunday.

“But the form (of Japan) was not discussed by anyone. It’s about ourselves.

“We know they are a good team and they will be threats. We’re not stupid enough to think they won’t carry threats, but we also carry threats.

These threats helped Australians make history this week.

With their 3-1 win over Oman, the Socceroos set a new record for the longest winning streak (11 games) in a single World Cup qualifying campaign.

But Souttar said Australia were focusing less on the milestone and more on improving what coach Graham Arnold called an “erratic” start to the last game.

“We weren’t at 100 percent the other night, but the good thing is we came away with three points away from our best,” said Souttar.

“We know the levels we can reach and I hope we can reach them on Tuesday.”

Due to local Covid-19 restrictions, the Socceroos have had to become the kings of the road and claim ten of their 11 straight wins away from Australia.

While Souttar acknowledged that Australia had not always exploited their potential in the jet set streak, he attributed to the “family culture” of helping the team get all three points even when the chips were down. were on the ground.

“The family culture is huge, it’s a real thing that we have,” he said.

“I think there is a real family culture that helps us in difficult times.

Pair that with a game-by-game mentality, and the Socceroos have a winning formula.

“(This is) one of the reasons we did so well,” Souttar said.

“We have 11 wins but we want to aim for 12, we are not happy with an 11, we are always looking for the next one.”

Australia’s World Cup qualification against Japan will begin at 9:14 p.m. (AEDT) on Tuesday evening.


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