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Australian Football: Arnold scouting Aussie stars

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he is keeping an eye on a host of players as he prepares to choose a squad for the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

Australia are priced at 500/1 to win the World Cup but there is work to be done to get there after they missed out on qualification through the group stages.

Huge play-off games on horizon

They must first beat the UAE and then Peru to book their spot in the World Cup finals, due to be played in Qatar at the end of the year.

Arnold was hampered by selection and injury issues in the final group games against Japan and Saudi Arabia but is hopeful of putting a strong squad together for the play-offs.

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"We are monitoring a large group of players globally ahead of the final squad selection," Arnold told reporters. "It has been pleasing seeing many Australian players in strong form at their clubs over the past few weeks.

"I am excited to think that many of our players will arrive in camp with great minutes under their belts ready for our final World Cup qualifying push."

Jordan friendly arranged

Australia have also announced they will play Jordan in a friendly clash in Qatar to help them prepare for the play-offs.

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to play Jordan in early June as we prepare for the AFC and intercontinental World Cup play-offs in Doha," Arnold added.

"Whilst we are rivals on the pitch, off the pitch we have developed good communication and understanding with the Jordan Football Association over the past few years.”

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