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Tim Cahill fit for must-win Honduras clash

Tim Cahill fit for must-win Honduras clash

Tim Cahill has declared himself fit to play in Australia's World Cup qualifying play-off second leg against Honduras. "We weren't involved", said a spokesman for Football Federation Australia (FFA).

Jorge Luis Pinto accused Australia of "espionage", the Honduras head coach unsatisfied with the Socceroos' excuse after a drone was spotted hovering over his team's training session ahead of Wednesday's World Cup inter-confederation play-off.

At stake is a place at soccer's top table for a fourth successive World Cup and another huge shot in the arm for a game that has made huge strides in recent years but still lags behind rugby league and Australian Rules in popularity.

"Regardless of the incident with the drone, and the possibility of a journalist from Honduras leaking information regarding our team, we are happy with the welcome we have had here", said Pinto.

"We've got to be ambitious about international football, both about wanting to qualify and wanting to do well".

Despite failing to fire in the first leg, Pinto's men remain firmly in the tie and dabblebet quote 9/2 (5.50) that Honduras claim victory at ANZ Stadium, whilst also available is the price of 12/5 (6.50) on Honduras grabbing the opening goal of the game.

"We're going to start aggressively", he said.

A report last month of his intended resignation sent shockwaves through the Australian soccer landscape.

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Much to their surprise, it wasn't any staff of the FFA controlling the drone, with sources suggesting young kids and a nearby parent were using it purely for entertainment in Cathy Freeman Park.

SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak will volunteer to take a penalty if a shoot-out is needed to separate Australia and Honduras tonight.

The Socceroos did use a drone during their training sessions in Honduras, but it belonged to their media team and was used only to film Australia's training sessions.

But a draw, if it is not 0-0, will see Honduras progress via away goals, while a defeat comes with obvious consequences. "There was a fair bit of drama around before the first game, again we stayed right out of it", he said.

Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan return from suspension, while Robbie Kruse also appears to have recovered from injury.

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