Brenton Speed's AFC Asian Cup preview: Caltex Socceroos to 'play sensational football'

The Caltex Socceroos are bound to thrill at the upcoming AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, according to Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed.

Graham Arnold's men put five past Oman over the weekend and will take sustained scoring form into their Group B opener against Jordan on Sunday.

The former Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners coach has overseen 13 goals in his first four matches in charge and Speed, who is set to call his fourth AFC Asian Cup, believes the style will make for entertaining viewing in the United Arab Emirates.

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"I think the style under Arnie, if it can be, is even more attacking than Ange [Postecoglou]," Speed told socceroos.com.au.

"We're going in with three number nines, three strikers up top rotating around, and Australia are going to play sensational football.

"The early signs are good, racking up the goals already in the games he has played.

"They were friendlies, now he's got to do it on the competitive stage."


Arnold's squad features a strong Hyundai A-League influence with three members - Rhyan Grant, Josh Risdon and Chris Ikonomidis - based domestically, while most built their careers on local shores.

Speed watches Australia's national competition as often as anyone and praised its success in fostering Caltex Socceroos stars.

"The A-League is a wonderful competition high on quality," he said.

"You look through the Australian squad – we've got some current players in the A-League, but look at the likes of Maty Ryan and Aaron Mooy.

"Where did they jump to the world's attention? It was doing their stuff on the A-League stage.

"It all starts in the A-League for just about every one of them," Speed said.

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