The young and hungry group of players who won the 2015 Asian Cup are ready to cut their teeth on the biggest stage.
Best Finish: Last-16 (2006)
How they qualified: Australia qualified for their fourth successive World Cup after a grueling 22-game qualifying campaign which lasted 29 months. The Socceroos were the 31st team to book their spot at Russia 2018 with a 3-1 aggregate win over Honduras in the intercontinental playoff, which was the second round of playoffs they faced after finished third in AFC qualifying.
Australia’s first homegrown coach Ange Postecoglu, resigned shortly after guiding his team to a Russia 2018 berth. Other Aussie coaches Kevin Muscat and Graham Arnold are in the frame to replace him, also in contention are Dutchman Guus Hiddink and Italian Gianni De Biasi.
Key Man: Tim Cahill
At 37-years-old, the forward remains a key player for the Socceroos. During qualification, the former Everton goal scorer played an important role for the Socceroos, encapsulated by an age-defying 120 minutes against Syria where he bagged both goals in a crucial 2-1 second-leg playoff win. After leaving the English Premier League in 2012, Cahill moved to New York Red Bulls and then spent a year in China before returning to his native Australia with Melbourne City.
16 June vs France
21 June vs Denmark
26 June vs Peru