Socceroos starting XI remains a mystery

​Socceroo midfielder Mark Milligan says Sunday's training session offered no clues to the starting side for the Asian Cup opener against Kuwait this Friday.

In much more pleasant weather conditions after the recent heatwave, Sunday’s session was based around an 11 v 11 game played in roughly 15-20 minute blocks.

On the green team was Langerak/Galekovic, Spiranovic, Sainsbury, Herd, Davidson, Jedinak, Troisi, Oar, Luongo, Juric and Kruse.

The red team was: Ryan, Wilkinson, Franjic, Antonis, Behich, Bresciano, Milligan, Burns, McKay, Leckie and Cahill.

However Milligan said the media shouldn’t read too much into the line-ups five days out from the opening Asian Cup clash with Kuwait. 

“Honestly I have absolutely no idea [of the starting line-up].

“We’ve been working now for seven days. The main focus has been to get everybody in the best possible shape and everybody on the same fitness level.

“As far as I know today and the last few days have been about getting everyone in shape and making sure everyone is available for that first game.”

That assessment echoes coach Ange Postecoglou’s view this week that his selection thoughts were very much fluid at this stage. 

Sunday’s training session at Collingwood's training base was in conjunction with an official Socceroo fan day. 

Socceroo supporters numbered around 2500 and was the last official public session before the team begins final preparations for Kuwait on Friday.

“Today was emphasised it was going to be a real workout for us," the 29-year-old Melbourne Victory midfielder said. 

"The last chance we get before we turn our attention to Friday night’s game."

The fan turnout was bigger than anticipated and showed the level of support for the national team ahead of the Asian Cup.

“It’s excellent to see so many fans…. It’s nice to know we have all this support behind us,” he said.

“I guess it’s promising signs for a big crowd in at AAMI Park yelling for us.

“We’re relying on them [the fans] to get us through as well.”

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