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Australia calm about World Cup chances says Neill

Lucas Neill is remaining calm yet confident about Australia's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

The Socceroos take on an undermanned Iraq in Sydney tonight and a win will automatically place them in the finals in Brazil next year, however, captain Neill is not getting too carried away as he prepares for the potentially historic match.

"The atmosphere's been very low-key in a positive way," Neill said. "Everybody's been very calm. The manager and the senior players have made sure no one's talking about dancing the samba.

"Nobody's in Brazil yet. The fact is we need one game, one win. Then we can start thinking about all the dreams coming true.

"There's no easy games in football. Football at any level and any opponent needs to be respected.

"Just because you don't know anything about them doesn't mean they are not good. We've never underestimated any of our opponents."

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Andrew Slevison
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