“You know, that’s something that’s their point of view,” he said.
Australia has eight players in its 26-man squad that play at home in the A-League. Most of the others are scattered around Europe.
But anyway, Arnold didn’t seem overly concerned about France’s players, either, even if they include Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and Hugo Lloris, among other big names.
“I’ve hardly the mentioned the word France and I’ve hardly mentioned any of their players’ names,” Arnold said. “It doesn’t matter who’s in front of (my players) and that’s not being disrespectful at all.”
Arnold said his players should soak up the occasion at Al Janoub Stadium.
“These kids have a lot of talent and I know their mentality,” the 59-year-old Australian said. “They don’t step back from anybody. They look forward and go forward.”
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