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Postecoglou upbeat about Socceroos’ showing in England loss

  • ‘We just lacked that clinical edge in the end,’ says Australian coach
  • Socceroos now looking ahead to Greece friendlies and World Cup qualifiers

Ange Postecoglou was disappointed the Socceroos couldn’t get one over England on Friday night but pleased he could expose plenty of youngsters to top-level opposition with World Cup qualifiers looming. Australia were beaten 2-1 thanks to goals from England debutant Marcus Rashford and captain Wayne Rooney, but the home side certainly didn’t have everything their own way at a sold-out Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Australia controlled the midfield for large parts of the game and set up a tense final 15 minutes after Eric Dier headed a sizzling Milos Degenek cross into his own goal. The performance was made even more impressive by the fact Australia were missing three front-liners in Tim Cahill, Trent Sainsbury and Matthew Spiranovic.

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