Mark Bresciano is supremely confident that the Australian national team will improve out of sight in next month’s friendly with France.
The Socceroos take on Les Bleus in Paris on October 11 (October 12 AEDT), which will be their first outing since losing 6-0 to Brazil in Brasilia earlier this month.
On that occasion, Australia were without some of their key players including Tim Cahill, which suggests to Bresciano that the France encounter – which comes four days before a London meeting with Canada – will be much better than the Brazil debacle.
“We are going to have almost all our team back in season with full match fitness and that’s not something we had against Brazil,” Bresciano told SBS.
“When you have a few players lacking match conditioning it makes a big difference, especially against a Brazil team who were out to put on a show.
“It’s not an excuse, but it’s a reality that when you have players lacking in match sharpness it hurts you – especially when you face the quality of Brazil.
“Despite what happened in Brazil, these are the sorts of games we have to have heading into a World Cup because they show us how much work we still have to do and of course it was a wake-up call.
“France will be another enormous test. But when the national team is offered these sorts of matches, how can you turn them down?
“It was a bit embarrassing the way we lost to Brazil but I think you will see a different Australia against France and Canada.”