James Troisi defends head coach Ange Postecoglou ahead of Syria play-off

Australia midfielder James Troisi has defended head coach Ange Postecoglou ahead of the World Cup playoff against Syria in Malaysia on Thursday.

“We’ve shown (the formation) works. As long as we do it the right way, structurally stay together, then, like I said, we’ve shown it works,” told Troisi to Reuters.

“Everyone knows Ange, and I don’t think we’ll change the style or the formation.

“We want to play, he wants to get us to a World Cup in a certain way and change the perception of Australian football and footballers. And I totally agree with him and things need to change in this country.”

The Socceroos will have to face Syria without its captain Mile Jedinak, who has been struggling to get over a long-standing groin injury, but with Europe-based forwards Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse in goal-scoring form at club level.