Socceroos training session: day 8 report

​With five days till Kuwait, the Socceroos are now in full swing with captain Mile Jedinak very much part of Sunday’s session watched on by around 2500 fans.

In much more pleasant weather conditions after the recent heatwave, the session was watched intently by the fans who'd turned up for the Socceroos' Fan Day. 

With MC Michael Zappone from Fox Sports and special guest singer Havana Brown - who'll perform at the Asian Cup Opening Ceremony next Friday - there was a carnival feel to the morning. 

The session was mainly 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.

The session began with a warm-up in front of the fans, with players passing and moving before a stretch.

This was followed by a pass and move drill using narrow spaces to pass between markers to pass to a teammate.

It’s a drill used all week as the players become accustomed to each other and it emphasised short, quick incisive passing and moving. 

Coach Ange Postecoglou then addressed the group.

What followed was an 11 v 11 game that featured captain Mile Jedinak.

Robbie Kruse looked sharp up front in tandem with Tomi Juric. Jason Davidson also looked dangerous down the left.

After around 90 minutes the session was over before the players warmed down then signed endless autographs and handed out gifts to the Socceroos fans who’d turned out in great numbers.

This was the last public session for the Socceroos as preparations move up another gear as of Monday.

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