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Socceroos to face France, Denmark, Peru

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The Caltex Socceroos will take on France, Denmark and Peru in the Group Stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the Final Draw for next year’s tournament in Russia was held at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on Friday evening (local time).

Australia was drawn in Group C for the tournament and will now play France in Kazan (June 16), Denmark in Samara (June 21), and Peru in Sochi (June 26) at next year’s international showpiece.

Caltex Socceroos Assistant Coach Ante Milicic was one of Australia’s representatives at the Final Draw in Moscow, and after witnessing Italian great Fabio Cannavaro select the Caltex Socceroos in Group C Milicic said that the nation ought to be pleased with its draw.

“We have to be satisfied with our draw,” said Milicic. “It is obvious when you are in Pot 4 that you are going to come up against three strong opponents, and if you look at the FIFA rankings that’s what we’ve got.”

“Logistically it (the draw) has worked out really well for us. Playing the first game in Kazan where our team base is is definitely an advantage. And to close the Group Stage we must be pleased to go back to Sochi, a city and Stadium that we visited during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

“We know that in tournaments like this you need to start well and that’s what we’ll intend to do. We will approach this group with the aim to progress to the next round, and I am sure that the players will be looking forward to the challenge. They (the players) will be looking forward to the friendly matches that we will have in March, as well as the preparation games that we will play prior to our arrival in Kazan next June.”

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – Group C

Saturday, June 16, 2018
France v Caltex Socceroos
Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Kick-off: 1pm (local time)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS Television & Optus Sport

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Denmark v Caltex Socceroos
Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
Kick-off: 4pm (local time)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS Television & Optus Sport

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Caltex Socceroos v Peru
Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Kick-off: 5pm (local time)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS Television & Optus Sport