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Awer Mabil excited about young Socceroos

By AAP Newswire

Socceroo Awer Mabil has a simple message for those not excited about the future of Australian football - why not?

The 23-year-old was part of a new-look Socceroos team which claimed an impressive 3-0 win over Palestine in the Asian Cup on Friday in Dubai.

Captain Mark Milligan, 33, was the only player in the starting XI against Palestine over 30 with Mabil, fellow 23-year-old Chris Ikonomidis and 25-year-old Jamie Maclaren forming a youthful front three.

The line-up has Mabil keen to see what the future holds for the national team.

"Chris had a really, really good game and also Jamie scored, I scored," Mabil said.

"I'm really excited for Australian football and I think the fans should be excited. If they're not excited... then, well, I don't know where they're coming from then.

"I'm really excited to be involved in this group and also for Australian football in general."

Mabil also has a message for Syria, who Australia face in their final group match in Al Ain on Tuesday.

Syria sacked coach Bernd Stange following a 2-0 loss to Jordan on Thursday and head into the game needing a win to have any hope of reaching the knockout stages.

"We're not worried about them. If they sacked their coach, they sacked their coach," Mabil said.

"I'm afraid for them, because we want to make statements.

"We want to build on from this game and that's what we're going to prepare now - we're going to recover and make sure we're 100 per cent against Syria."

Australia travelled to Al Ain on Saturday and have just two days to prepare for the Syria clash at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium.