Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has hit back at critics who feel he hasn't been giving some of the squad's rookies enough game time.
After drawing 1-1 with North Korea, the Socceroos have it all to do in their final two East Asia Cup qualifying matches against Guam and Taiwan.
The Socceroos' chances of qualifying for next year's East Asian Cup hang in the balance after drawing 1-1 with North Korea.
The Socceroos can ill-afford even a draw against North Korea if they're to qualify for next year's East Asian Cup.
With four games in seven days, the East Asian Cup qualifiers may be survival of the fittest but the Socceroos have started with a win over host Hong Kong.
Brisbane Roar player Jade North, currently contesting the East Asian Cup with the Socceroos, says winning the tournament would be a boost for the A-League.