Socceroos need to ride luck: Jedinak

Steve Larkin
Mile Jedinak knows the Socceroos need more than just goals to extend their World Cup campaign

Mile Jedinak is full of hope. But he's also a realist.

The Socceroos captain knows his team's World Cup fate hinges, somewhat, on luck.

Australia must defeat Peru on Tuesday - with France to down Denmark - to have a chance of fulfilling their ambition of reaching the knockout stage of soccer's showpiece tournament.

"We're not kidding ourselves, we are relying on someone else to get a result for us," Jedinak said.

"But we have got to go and do the business ourselves."

Should Denmark draw with or beat France, the Australians will exit at the group stage for the third World Cup in a row regardless of their result against Peru.

The Socceroos' 2006 outfit, dubbed the golden generation, is the only Australian team to reach the round of 16 at a World Cup and Jedinak sorely wants to join them.

"It would be a huge achievement for us," he said.

"This national team and this group of players, everyone knows the journey over the last four years of what it has taken for us to get to this point and how we have grown, how we have matured as a group.

"We have just grown together. We have been through a few ups and downs and I think everybody has come out of it better for it.

"You can see that in our performances of late.

"This is what we're seeing with the results of that but we have got to try everything we possibly can to make sure we can get there.

"And we need a little bit of luck as well because it's not all in our hands."

The Australians will hold a training session in Sochi on Monday but coach Bert van Marwijk is expected to stick with his routine of not telling the players what the starting line-up will be until game day.

With frontman Andrew Nabbout sidelined because of a dislocated shoulder, Tomi Juric is favoured to start as the attacking frontman - leaving Tim Cahill on the bench.

But Cahill, who hasn't yet been used in Russia, is tipped to at least get some time as he seeks to become just the fifth player to score at four World Cups.