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Risdon braced for 'big test'

Sydney: Josh Risdon believes Saturday's friendly against Korea Republic will provide a rigorous measure of the Socceroos' readiness for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019.

Head coach Graham Arnold has chosen a strong squad for his first home match since returning to the top job.

And what better way to test his team than against the side the Socceroos beat back in 2015 to be crowned continental champions.

“It’s going to be a tough game, a great test for us leading into the Asian Cup,” Risdon said.

“I’m sure Arnie will be pushing us hard and getting us focused to get the result.”

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It will be a good test as Korea Republic are unbeaten in four matches since Paulo Bento took charge of the Taeguk Warriors after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Risdon heads into Saturday's clash with plenty of experience at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium, where the friendly will be played.

The Western Sydney Wanderers right-back was part of the Perth Glory side which lost 2-1 to Brisbane Roar in the A-League 2012 Grand Final.

“It’s always tough (at Suncorp Stadium), coming as a visiting team,” the 26-year-old said.

“It’s a great stadium, great pitch, so really looking forward to it.

“I’ve played here when it was a packed out stadium for the Grand Final against Brisbane Roar, so I’m sure if we get a lot of fans on Saturday night, it’ll be a great atmosphere.”

Australia are in Group B of the AFC Asian Cup with Syria, Palestine and Jordan.


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