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 By Jason Dasey

Mile Jedinak's Socceroos must prepare for 'hot soup' World Cup playoff

Mile Jedinak returns to Australia's squad set to face Syria, while Nikita Ruka Rukavytsya rejoins after a 3-year absence.
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month's World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia.
Tim Cahill discusses his new role with Australia and praises Thailand's resilience in their World Cup Qualifier.

It will be an almighty shock to the system when Australia's Europe-based players arrive in Malaysia next weekend ahead of their AFC World Cup qualifier against Syria on Oct. 5.

Mile Jedinak has a Saturday afternoon home game with Aston Villa against Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield Town host Tottenham Hotspur while Tom Rogic's Celtic will face Hibernian at Celtic Park, both on the same day.

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If the 13-hour flight wasn't enough, then there'll be a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International...

 By John Duerden

Socceroos must overcome Syria foreign fortress in World Cup playoff

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month's World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia.
Tim Cahill discusses his new role with Australia and praises Thailand's resilience in their World Cup Qualifier.

Earlier this year, the Malaysian city of Malacca, which will host next month's 2018 AFC World Cup playoff, officially became "Melaka" in a bid to end years of confusion between the English and Bahasa spellings.

There has been some uncertainty in Australia too, with the Socceroos wondering about the location of the away leg of their showdown with Syria on Oct. 5. In the end, the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka was chosen by Asia's ruling body after Abu Dhabi and Doha had been mentioned as possible venues. The...

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Mile Jedinak back for Australia to face Syria in 2018 AFC World Cup playoff

Mile Jedinak returns to Australia's squad set to face Syria, while Nikita Ruka Rukavytsya rejoins after a 3-year absence.
Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month's World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia.
Tim Cahill discusses his new role with Australia and praises Thailand's resilience in their World Cup Qualifier.
Tomi Juric was on the scoresheet as Australia now are made to wait over their 2018 World Cup hopes.
Australia's Tomi Juric feels his side could have easily won by five goals and now anxiously await Japan's result.

Captain Mile Jedinak has been recalled by head coach Ange Postecoglou for Australia's 2018 AFC World Cup playoff against Syria next month.

The Aston Villa midfielder missed the Socceroos' latest qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, as well as June's Confederations Cup, due to a groin injury.

But he made his comeback for the English second-tier side last week, and has been rewarded with a place in a 30-man preliminary squad announced on Tuesday.

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Postecoglou retained 22 of 23 players named for...

 By AAP

Socceroos' World Cup playoff against Syria to be held in Malaysia

Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson preview next month's World Cup qualifying playoff between Syria and Australia.
Tim Cahill discusses his new role with Australia and praises Thailand's resilience in their World Cup Qualifier.
Tomi Juric was on the scoresheet as Australia now are made to wait over their 2018 World Cup hopes.
Australia's Tomi Juric feels his side could have easily won by five goals and now anxiously await Japan's result.

Malaysia will host Syria's home match against Australia in a 2018 World Cup playoff, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced.

The Socceroos will head to the Hang Jebat Stadium for the Oct. 5 match before hosting the Syrians at Sydney's ANZ Stadium five days later.

The venue in the city of Malacca, two hours south of Kuala Lumpur, hosted Syria's home matches during the third round of AFC World Cup qualifying.

There had been reports that Syria had requested the match to be played in the...