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Sep 16, 2013

Socceroos determined to lift: Milligan

The Socceroos have challenged each other to bounce back against France after giving what midfielder Mark Milligan describes as an un-Australian performance in Brazil.

Milligan, who was unveiled on Tuesday as Melbourne Victory's new skipper for the upcoming A-League season, says speculation over the future of national coach Holger Osieck is nothing new.

Losing 6-0 away to Brazil a week ago hasn't helped the German's job prospects and Milligan's club coach Ange Postecoglou has been mentioned as a possible candidate to take over from Osieck, nine months before the World Cup finals.

But Milligan says next month's friendlies against France in Paris and Canada in London are excellent opportunities for Osieck's World Cup-bound squad to regain some confidence.

"Holger has been in for a while now. There's been speculation about this sort of thing before and he and the team bounced back extremely well and showed what exactly we can do through the qualifiers," Milligan told a media conference.

"I don't think there'll be any rash decisions made over one result.

"It's very important that the players really come together and dig deep in the next two games.

"It's not a great deal of time before the World Cup rolls about.

"We all need to be playing our best football from now on so that's very important for us that we have the confidence in each other.

"There was no hiding from the fact that we did get a little bit of a touch-up over there," Milligan added.

"The biggest thing for us as a team was we felt that it was un-Australian of us, the performance that we put in across the board."

Milligan says the players have been very tough on themselves.

"We were extremely disappointed, not just the scoreline but the overall performance," he said.

"We're lucky ... having some quality games coming up rather quickly where we get a chance to redeem ourselves.

"When the team's gone through some tough times or a few tough results we do tend to bounce back quickly and bounce back well.

"That's the challenge that the players put to each other.

"That's the challenge we have ahead of us now when we face France (on October 11)."

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