The Socceroos completed the first quarter of their Kuwaiti World Cup Qualifying assignment with minimal fuss on Friday morning, stamping control over Kuwait with two early goals before ending the contest with a third in the second half.

After 567 days without a senior match the win marked a successful return to the touchline for Graham Arnold, who unlike his players hasn’t had the benefit of club football to occupy the wait since Australia’s last outing.

“Arnie’s like any coach, he’s happiest when he’s in a tracksuit with pair of boots on out on the pitch, and he hasn’t been able to do that for quite a while now”, Socceroos great John Kosmina told Box2Box ahead of the Kuwait clash.

“He’s only human, he’ll be somewhat apprehensive. But getting into camp, especially after such a long hiatus will be such a motivator for him he’ll be buzzing, and that manner will reflect on the playing group as well.”

Arnold handed debuts to Fran Karacic, Kenny Dougall and Riley McGree against Kuwait, and was also repaid for entrusting fourth-cap midfielder Ajden Hrustic at Number 10. Coming off his first season with Eintracht Frankfurt Hrustic earned the penalty that led to Australia’s second goal, then sealed the win with a free-kick on 66 minutes.

That players so young in their international careers handled responsibility so comfortably bodes well for the strengthening of the greater national squad.

“{Arnold’s] talked about this, Ange Postecoglou talked about this as well. You can’t just have ‘a’ squad of 20-odd players, you’ve got to have 30 plus, minimum, that can step into the breach anytime it’s necessary”, said Kosmina.

A win against Chinese Taipei on Tuesday morning will confirm the Socceroos progression to the third round of AFC qualifiers, while meetings with Nepal and Jordan will follow shortly beyond that.

Given the short turnarounds and sweltering conditions Kosmina expects to see development of the broader squad continue, with a further four uncapped players in line for debuts.