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The Slovenian international has made it clear that his side have nothing to lose in South Africa...

Slovenia surprised Russia in a two-legged play-off to qualify for this summer's World Cup and Auxerre's attacking midfielder Valter Birsa has made it clear that the Slovenians have nothing to lose in South Africa.

"I have to admit that we weren’t that confident of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup to begin with. And then we started winning matches and the points and the victories all started adding up," said Birsa to fifa.com.

"We had the confidence we needed and that really helped us when we played Slovakia twice, who were top of our group, and in particular when we faced Russia in the play-offs. At the end of the day, we showed a lot of courage and we got our reward, qualifying for the tournament and genuinely deserving it.

"All we can do now is carry on giving our all and fighting for every ball, like we have up until now. We have three matches against big teams, but the aim is to pick up as many points as possible and to finish ahead of them. After that, we’ll see. We have nothing to lose."

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