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WORLD CUP EXCLUSIVE: Socceroos forward Maclaren praises Van Marwijk influence

Jamie Maclaren has hailed Bert van Marwijk's influence on his Australian players ahead of their World Cup campaign.

The Dutchman, who steered his country to the 2010 World Cup final, was appointed as Ange Postecoglou's temporary successor in March. He will become an assistant to Mark van Bommel at PSV Eindhoven once Australia's tournament ends.

And Maclaren, who scored 8 goals in 15 appearances on loan at Hibernian in the second half of this season, says the 66-year-old has had a positive effect on the Australian squad.

"Preparation has been great," Maclaren told Tribalfootball. "Turkey for two weeks and a week's preparation in Kazan, 100% prepared. He's been good, breathe of fresh air, new mentality, new personality and the boys are really buying into him. [You] can see why he's been at the top of international management and World Cup's.

On what it will feel like making an appearance against France today, Maclaren added: "Hard to say but football's a team game and we are representing a nation at the highest level. So as much as you want to be out there, we are all one. But if selected, it will be a dream come true."

The Aussies will play France in Kazan today in their opening Group C fixture.

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