Luongo: We hurt England at times

Midfielder Massimo Luongo says the Socceroos tested England and didn’t make their job easy in the friendly encounter on Saturday morning (AEST).

England had to work hard for their 2-1 win at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Australia started slowly, going behind to a Marcus Rashford goal early, but fought back into the game and impressed many with their play.

Luongo was one of the Socceroos' best on pitch and says the team should be pleased with their display.

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“Yeah I felt comfortable,” Luongo told FourFourTwo.

“We got done twice on the counter attack but it’s expected the way we play.

"We don’t want to take a step back from anyone. It’s something we can keep working on in the future or we can push on and maybe perfect what we’re doing.

“But I think the boys should be happy the way they played.”

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The interplay between Luongo, Tom Rogic and Aaron Mooy in midfield was exceptional at times, with Mile Jedinak protecting the back four.

Australia may have lost the game but the QPR playmaker believes the Socceroos gave England a scare.

“I think the boss will say we were excellent, the stats showed it, we had comfortable possession, we hurt them at times,” Luongo said.

“You saw at the end they didn’t want to play, they wanted to get the win and roll out the time. And that just shows they’re worried about not winning, if they don’t win that game the media’s going to come down on them.

“We take that as a compliment. We tested them, we didn’t make their job easy.”

Luongo will miss the next two Greece games for the birth of his first child next month.

The London-based midfielder said it was nice to come up against England in England, where he plays his club football.

“I don’t have to travel 24 hours to play so it’s a nice feeling as well.”