Socceroos oblivious to North Korean missile crisis

Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse during a World Cup qualifier against Japan in Melbourne.
Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse during a World Cup qualifier against Japan in Melbourne. JULIAN SMITH

THE Socceroos are bunkered down in Tokyo, but not because of North Korean missiles flying overhead.

So focused is the Australian team on Thursday night's crucial World Cup qualifier against Japan in Saitama that star attacker Robbie Kruse didn't even know about North Korea's firing of a rocket over the northern part of the country until told by Australian reporters.

Morning TV news services were entirely dedicated to the escalating tensions in the region, with pictures splashed over the screens of a missile launch and of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But life in was continuing as normal in the heart of Tokyo.

And in the Socceroos camp, it seems.

"To be honest, I didn't even know it happened," Kruse said.

Football Federation Australia said in a statement that it was monitoring the situation.

"Football Federation Australia is aware of this morning's reports," an FFA spokesman said.

"Security assessments are made for all Socceroos matches at home and abroad with appropriate precautions in place.

"When overseas and wherever necessary Socceroos management liaises with Australian Government representatives on matters of security."

Topics:  north korean missile socceroos

News Corp Australia

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Have you seen the car connected to a Laidley robbery?

Police are appealing for information on a break and enter of the QN Hotel in Laidley.

If you know anything contact police or Crime Stoppers.

What's in it for us?

COMMUNITY'S VOICE: ATRC's Lockyer Valley Community Consultative Committee.

Lockyer Valley committee sceptical of Inland Rail

Sheep dairy is top class

GOOD STUFF: Awassi Queensland has been recognised for its sheep milk products for a second year running.

Lockyer sheep dairy recognised by country's best chefs

Local Partners