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The highly rated striker has warned that Paraguay will be a team to be reckoned with...

Paraguay will have to deal with Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand in the group phase of the 2010 World Cup and highly rated attacker Roque Santa Cruz has made it clear that the aforementioned nations will face a tough task beating the Albirroja.

"Paraguay have always had a reputation in South America for having one of the strongest defences on the continent, but lately we’ve also become known for our attacking qualities," said Santa Cruz to fifa.com.

"This combination will make us hard to beat. This is probably the best national team in Paraguayan history, and we are hopeful of going further than the Round of 16 for the first time.

"We simply have to start well. Our first match is against Italy, who are probably favourites to win the group. Also, it’s important that all the players are in form and it’s crucial that they’ve had enough rest after a long season."

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