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Fulham's Schwarzer: We have total faith in Australia boss Osieck

Mark Schwarzer says the entire Australian squad is behind manager Holger Osieck.

Rumours have started to circulate regarding the German tactician's future as Socceroos boss ahead of a trio of vital World Cup qualifiers in June.

Australia needs positive results against Japan in Saitama on June 4 ahead of a home double-header against Jordan (in Melbourne on June 11) and Iraq (in Sydney on June 18) and Schwarzer suggests doing well in those fixtures will help ease the unwarranted pressure on Osieck.

"The boys are 100 per cent behind Holger, he's a very good manager who's always put great thought into his selections," Schwarzer said.

"As players, we have to wear a lot of the responsibility for the position we find ourselves in.

"We have not performed up to expectations, it's as simple as that. We've lost when we were expected to win and we're all under pressure - not just the boss.

"We now need to just go out and get the job done - how we do that doesn't matter."

The Socceroos currently sit third on the Group B table of Asian qualifying with six points from five matches which has them placed seven points behind group leaders Japan and one in arrears of second-placed Jordan with a game in hand.

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