The youthful core at the heart of the Caltex Socceroos qualifying journey

The week-long training camp in Dubai has ensured the Caltex Socceroos will be primed to make a strong start to their FIFA World Cup 2022™ qualifying journey.

That’s the opinion of experienced defender Trent Sainsbury ahead of Wednesday morning’s (AEST) opener against Kuwait.

With no qualifying game last week, Head Coach Graham Arnold and his staff have been able to put the squad through a testing six-day training block before arriving in Kuwait.

And Sainsbury says the extended training block has been the ideal preparation, giving the squad the opportunity to reacquaint themselves, as well as hone their combinations on the pitch.

While the former PSV and Inter Milan defender is one of the more experienced players in the squad, he is still only 27.

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It’s a fact not lost on Sainsbury, who is excited by the youthful nucleus of the current crop.

“Any time together as a group is always good,” Sainsbury tells “It's always special when you come into these camps.

“We've got a good core group of players here now, a lot younger than what we've had in the past."

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The 27-year-old added: “Leading into this campaign as a World Cup qualifier, it’s always nice to kick it off with a few extra days together.

“Together as a team, there's a good bond there.”

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The week-long camp in Dubai is just what the Caltex Socceroos needed, according to Trent Sainsbury
The week-long camp in Dubai is just what the Caltex Socceroos needed, according to Trent Sainsbury


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