The key Socceroos questions ahead of Denmark showdown

Ben McKay

Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk has a number of questions to wrestle with as he considers how to keep Australia's World Cup flame flickering.

There will be no tactical change-up in Samara, where the Socceroos face Denmark needing a win.

Midfielder Aaron Mooy said Australia would line up with the same structure as they did against France in their tournament opener.

But there's still plenty to wrestle win as the Dutchman looks for a way past the Scandinavians.

Arzani and Cahill could play vital roles for the Socceroos against Denmark. Pic: Getty


Mooy seems locked in, but might Australia benefit from the injection of Massimo Luongo? Mile Jedinak was required for the tournament opener with France given the imposing nature of the opponent and the skipper's leadership. The all-action 25-year-old could be a better option to help Mooy unlock the Danish defence in a match were attacking opportunities are expected to flow a little easier.


Is the 19-year-old too raw to include from the get-go? Van Marwijk doesn't think the winger has a full game in him, but that doesn't mean he can't start Arzani and pit his quick feet against Denmark's right back for the opening hour of the contest. Arzani has a way of making things happen on a pitch that others don't.


There's no doubt about it, Christian Eriksen is a superstar. The Socceroos insist publicly they're not focusing on any one player but not having a plan to contain the Tottenham midfielder would be foolhardy. Mark Milligan, who put Alexis Sanchez in his pocket at last year's Confederations Cup, could be given a marking job.


This could be the moment to let the Socceroos superstar off the leash. Tim Cahill is bursting at the seams to be involved, particularly after missing out against France. If there's a doubt on Tomi Juric's fitness then this could be the match for Australia's all-time leading scorer. Cahill simply makes things happen and given the Socceroos need a result, don't be surprised to see him involved.