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Rookie Socceroos taking Thai chance

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Aspiring Socceroos are seizing a rare extended opportunity to impress coach Ange Postecoglou ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Thailand, uncapped midfielder Jimmy Jeggo says.

The Australian team has been in Bangkok since Sunday and have been training under the watchful eye of Postecoglou, who opted for a week-long camp instead of organising a friendly before next week's clash at the Rajamangala National Stadium.

It is a luxury rarely afforded to the Socceroos, who are used to dealing with tight schedules and limited preparation time before fixtures.

But for players like Austria-based Jeggo, and the seven others in the squad with six or fewer international caps, it's a chance to jam his foot in the selection door.

"The last camp was a lot of travelling, there wasn't much time in between games, so there wasn't much training or time to impress," Jeggo said.

"That was one of the big things getting called up for this camp - it's a chance to have a bit of time on the training pitch and try and impress the boss.

"Everyone's got a similar idea, training's been really intense and of a really good standard."

Jeggo faces a difficult task given the extent of Australia's stacked midfield, but other inexperienced players are likely to take on prominent roles against Thailand.

One-cap striker Jamie Maclaren is expected to start up front in the absence of Tomi Juric and Tim Cahill, while Josh Risdon (three caps) and Milos Degenek (four) will compete for the vacant right fullback position.

The Socceroos, currently second in Group B, are warm favourites to account for Thailand, who are yet to open their account in this stage of World Cup qualification.

Conditions in Bangkok are hot, wet and humid, and Jeggo admits it would be difficult to adjust were it not for the training camp.

"It's obviously different. It's been really wet here, the pitches are quite heavy and it takes a little bit out of you," he said.

"It's something you need to get accustomed to but we've got a long lead-in to the game, most boys have had three or four sessions and you start to get used to the conditions fairly quickly."

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