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Socceroos game plan primed for Robbie Kruse

02:26 GMT+3 06/06/2018
Robbie Kruse Socceroos 2018
The Aussie attacker believes Bert van Marwijk's tactics suit his style perfectly

After missing out on the 2014 World Cup through injury, the stars could finally be aligning for Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse.

The pacey winger heads into Russia after a strong season with Bundesliga 2 side VfL Bochum, where he scored seven goals from 30 appearances. 

He also brings with him a wealth of experience in the green and gold, with his 63 caps ensuring the 29-year-old knows what to expect on the biggest stage.

Kruse started in Australia's recent 4-0 win over Czech Republic, and alongside fellow winger Mathew Leckie caused the Czechs headaches down the flanks with their pace and positioning.

New coach Bert van Marwijk indicated in that game that the Socceroos will look to thrive on the counter with wing play a key part of that.

"The game plan suits me really well, the majority of my game is based upon playing on the counter attack, trying to stay compact and go forward really quickly," Kruse told

"It worked quite well against Czech [Republic], we had three really fast players up front with Tommy Rogic in the No.10.

“For the majority of my career in Europe, I’ve predominantly played in teams where we’ve played on the counter attack as well.

"You never know, you can prepare the best you can and give yourself the best opportunity to succeed but still don’t.

“I’ve done that and hopefully if I can keep working hard I can help the team and hopefully put in some good individual performances as well."

Kruse will get one final chance to secure his spot in the starting line-up in a friendly against Hungary on June 10 before the Socceroos World Cup campaign kicks off six days later against France