New generation of Socceroos plant seedlings of a new identity at World Cup | Emma Kemp

Graham Arnold’s team are aiming to move on from the halcyon days of 2010 and Australia’s golden generation in QatarWorld Cup 2022: how to watch the Socceroos in QatarSeventeen World Cup debutants walk into a bar. They’re all asked for ID, questioned on whether they are grown-up enough to be here. Six of them, after all, only had their first drink in September against New Zealand. Nine have thrown back five or fewer. Now here they all are, in Qatar, seeking a bit of Dutch courage against reigning champions France.For many Australians back home setting their alarms for Wednesday’s early morning kick-off, this 26-man Socceroos squad will feel unfamiliar. Granted, some quarters of the nation still live long in the past, as if they cryogenically froze themselves in 2010 and cannot work out why the so-called golden generation are no longer around.

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