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Cahill fit for showdown with Honduras

14 Noviembre 2017

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto called it "embarrassing" after a drone was spotted hovering near an official training session - even though Australian reports said it was being flown by children.

It's espionage in football that begins to happen with this technology.

"It just takes some of the merit away from fair play and the sporting event that will be held tomorrow".

Tim Cahill says he is fit and raring to go for Australia's do-or-die World Cup qualifying play-off clash with Honduras in Sydney on Wednesday. "Just like VAR [video assistant referee] has made it into football, drones have made their way into espionage", Pinto said.

Juric had the best of them when he sprinted clear of the Honduras defence in the first half but, with only the goalkeeper to beat, rolled his shot wide.

"In terms of the game, it's always important, you want to be there when the World Cup's played, we saw with Italy missing out this morning, and you realise the impact that has", he told reporters on Tuesday.

"I think the incident is embarrassing for such an advanced country".

While the Honduras travelled to Sydney via a gruelling commercial flight minus the luxuries of the Socceroos, they will be able to bring in some fresher legs with striker Eddie Hernandez expected to feature.

The team promptly tweeted a video of the small device next to the caption: "Australia spy Honduras training from a drone, which caused upset to the team and Honduran delegation".

Despite accusation of covers ups, dirty tricks and double agents, Pinto still found time to praise Australia for its hospitality.

The Honduran squad, who have previously suspended captain Maynor Figueroa and speedy winger Alberth Elis back in their arsenal, finally arrived in Sydney on Monday morning nearly a day after Australia.

"We are very comfortable".

"They're a dangerous team, but more important for us is that we impose ourselves on the game", he added.

"We are facing a balanced side".

Australia vs Honduras will not be shown live on UK television. "We lacked that in the first game, but we know the boys can turn it around".

Speaking at the pre-match press conference for Wednesday night's game, Pinto remained firm with his allegations, suggesting the Socceroos tarnished the reputation of their country.