Kruse: Roos to take game to Three Lions

Robbie Kruse says the Socceroos want to unleash an attacking brand of football against England and not sit behind the ball.

Australia and England come up against each other in a friendly at the Stadium of Light and Kruse said the green and gold want to win.

“We want to win every game we play,” the winger said.

“This is not different even if it is a friendly. We take great pride in our performances and how we play and how we win. Hopefully we can play an attractive style of football and the win comes with it.”

Ange Postecoglou has brought in a number of new players for the England friendly, with Craig Goodwin recalled and Bradden Inman, Jamie Maclaren and Milos Degenek selected for the first time.

“There’s a lot of new faces so hopefully they’re getting used to the style of play,” Kruse said.

“Hopefully they can adapt as quick as possible. It’s a massive game for all of us, for the new ones as well to try and impress. We’ve got a big pool of players now we’re coming all together. It’s interesting times, hopefully we can get a good result.”

Kruse has had a tough few years with injury, with the Bayer Leverkusen forward also on the end of a horror tackle in the qualifier against Jordan in March. Kruse suffered a minor ligament strain from that challenge but luckily not serious damage.

The 27-year old said his body is feeling good.

“It took me, I think it was 10 days or so, so it wasn’t too bad,” he said.

“It was a very positive outcome for me. It was a difficult tackle and a difficult time, but it gives me great confidence that my body can handle stuff like that.
I feel really, really fit.

“Going back to my results in my GPS were top notch in my last game for Leverkusen. And in the last game for the Socceroos they were also really good. That’s the basis for me to know that I’m in the top standard fitness-wise.

“My game’s based on working hard, making a lot of runs, deep runs, and taking players on and I felt my speed’s back to what it was originally before my first injury. Physically I’m feeling really good.

“Hopefully I can continue on what I’ve done in the last few games and build that on to a bigger stage on Friday.”

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Australia is blessed to have Kruse and Mooy, two of the best players in the world. Along with all our other stars Ryan, Smith, Luongo, Milligan, Cahill, Giannou and Maclaren. Can't wait for kickoff ! Go Socceroos ! Before the game, people will say we have no chance, after the game when we win, there will be all excuses as usual.