Honduras accuses Aussies of clumsy World Cup espionage

Ange Postecoglou with his Socceroos charges after beating Syria

Ange Postecoglou with his Socceroos charges after beating Syria

Australia and Honduras are currently in the midst of a two-leg playoff for one of the last available World Cup spots.

A furious Pinto also alleged that Honduran media have leaked information to the Aussies, and claims the Socceroos swept for hidden cameras ahead of last Friday's goalless first-leg draw in San Pedro Sula.

Tensions are obviously high between the two teams, and this morning, the Hondurans accused Australia of spying on their training session with a drone.

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

Should Figueroa get the green light it could pit the 34-year-old against an old-time English Premier League antagonist in Tim Cahill - if the 37-year-old also gets on the pitch.

Both teams made the long trip to Sydney for the return game but the Australians arrived 24 hours earlier, earning extra recovery time, by splashing out around £580,000 for a chartered flight.

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

"But more importantly, it [qualification] is so crucial for the growth of the game and the interest of the game".

He said: "We are flat-out focusing on ourselves".

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

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".

That should prove the case as it so often does on Australia's home turf, wherever they may be playing.

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. "There is espionage in football".

Tim Cahill has declared himself fit and over his ankle injury, while Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie have joined the squad in addition to Mark Milligan. Striking early will be important for Australia.

"Unfortunately we had a few chances, myself included, that we didn't capitalise on", Juric said. "When Australia went to Honduras, they checked every bathroom, every box at the stadiums where they trained and where they had the official training", he said.

The victor at the Allianz Stadium will progress to the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation this summer.