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Elrich rues bad day at Socceroos office

  • Elrich rues bad day at Socceroos office

Tarek Elrich admits his time in a Socceroos shirt could be brief after Australia's poor defensive showing against Jordan.

Australia were defeated 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying match in Amman, with full-backs Elrich and Jason Davidson having a torrid time .

The wide defenders were targeted by Jordan's quick, direct wingers and were often left hopefully exposed to counter-attacks.

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None of the Socceroos excelled in the tough conditions and like several of his teammates, Elrich was a deflated figure after the match.

"It wasn't the best game that I ever played," he said.

"I've got to bounce back. I'll go back to my club football and make sure we get a good start in the A-League.

"I'll go back and concentrate on my own form there and do everything I possibly can to hopefully get picked again."

Elrich received his first cap at 28-years-old in March as coach Ange Postecoglou worked on building depth in the squad.

He had one of the longest journeys back to club football to digest the result, with a transit that nudged 20 hours to return to Adelaide United.

While the A-League stalwart delivered a blunt assessment of his own showing he was confident the Socceroos could get their qualifying campaign back on track.

Thanks to their opening three wins, Australia still control their qualifying destiny.

And with three matches of four at home - the other is scheduled to take place in Bangladesh but could be moved due to security concerns - the Socceroos are still favourites to progress.

Elrich said the dressing room was "not the happiest place" after the result but the group retained faith.

"Especially when we're flying high on confidence and everything we've worked on, (the loss is) a bit upsetting for us boys, me included," he said.

"But we've all got the belief that we can be the best and we will be the best ... It's definitely not going to kill us in confidence."

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