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Evra: Socceroos deserved to beat Netherlands

The former Manchester United fullback is Down Under again and talking up the continuing rise in standard of the game here, pointing to Australia's competitive World Cup showing

As he prepares for his second clash against an A-League All Stars side, new Juventus signing Patrice Evra says Australian football is improving, evidenced by the Socceroos' performance at Brazil 2014.

"Australia had a great World Cup and they deserved to win against Holland I believe," the France international told the media on Friday at the Sydney Opera House.

"I'd always thought Australia was a rugby country, but football is really developing here and Juve are extremely popular."

Evra is here for a second year running.

Last year, he won 5-1 in the red of Manchester United against the All Stars, and is now in the black and white of Juve against the same opponent.

He admitted it was hard to leave Old Trafford but is relishing a new challenge with the Italian champions.

"We have to win the league again," he declared.

"Four times in a row is not easy, we couldn't do it at Manchester United, plus we have to do well in the Champions League.

"We are doing everything to get ready ... we want to do our best to win everything. That is our target."

Fresh from a huge 8-1 win over an Indonesian Select XI on Wednesday night, Evra warned his team-mates to expect a difficult match when the Italian champions take on the All Stars on Sunday night.

And despite the Red Devils coming away from last year's match against Ange Postecoglou's All Stars with a 5-1 victory, the French international expects a torrid battle against Josep Gombau's 2014 side at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

"I remember last year it was not an easy game. It will definitely be a tougher game than the one we played in Jakarta," Evra said.

After coming off the bench in Indonesia on Wednesday night, the experienced left-back is expected to start against the All Stars on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.

It means the likes of Youssouf Hersi, Bernie Ibini and Storm Roux can expect a busy night down the right wing for the home side.

"The Australian players are getting better. Last year when I came with Manchester United we won the game (5-1) but it was not an easy game.

"We scored really early and it was a difficult opponent. That's why I will make sure I will tell my team it will be a different opposition than we had in Jakarta."

Having come to Australia now for a second time, Evra didn't rule out returning in the future, perhaps even for a stint in the A-League.

"You never know. My friend William Galllas finished his career in Australia so you never know," he said.

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