Day of reckoning arrives for Socceroos in Honduras World Cup play-off | Kieran Pender

A fractured Australian football landscape will momentarily unite for the national team’s most important game in a decade

As the qualification process for Russia 2018 has amply demonstrated, no nation has a divine right to be at the World Cup. Not Italy, four-time world champions, nor the United States – who will be absent for the first time in three decades. Not Holland, inventors of total football with the illustrious Johan Cruyff, and certainly not Australia.

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