New Bournemouth signing Brad Smith says no one in the Australian camp is playing down the threat of Iraq in Thursday night's World Cup qualifier.
Not when the prize is so great, and the margin for error so fine.
The Socceroos are assembling in Perth before Thursday night's clash, which begins the final group stage on the long road to Russia.
Alex Gersbach will complete the 23-man squad when he arrives on Tuesday night, with fellow left-back Smith predicting a "very difficult" challenge.
Tim Cahill is the only Australian-based player to feature in the Socceroos squad for two World Cup qualifiers next month.
The newly-signed Melbourne City striker leads an experienced group of 23 players named by coach Ange Postecoglou on Wednesday to take on Iraq in Perth on Sept. 1 and the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi five days later.
Football Federation Australia called the squad a "full strength" line-up, despite the absence locally-based Asian Cup winners Alex Wilkinson, James Troisi and...
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