Asian Cup 2011 Exclusive: We Have To Be On Top Of Our Game To Beat India – Australian Striker Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell says the Socceroos' opening Asian Cup game against India won't be a walk in the park.
Harry Kewell says Australia will have to be "on top of their game" if they are to start their Asian Cup campaign off with a win over minnows India.

The 32 year-old says the Socceroos have set themselves a target of winning the tournament at the second time of asking, after their first attempt ended disappointingly at the quarter final stage four years ago.

“I think anyone entering this tournament as a mindset to win it and so do we. For that we must try and give our best throughout,” Kewell told India.

The Galatasaray man conceded that the nation ranked 142nd by FIFA lacked experience at the top level but pointed that they have done the hard yards by winning the Challenge Cup back in 2008.

“India have passed their test and made it into the tournament. We have to do our task and for that, we need to be on top of our game,” said the former Liverpool player.

Back in 2009, Australia got their first taste of playing football in Doha when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Qatar in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match, which confirmed the Socceroos' place in South Africa.

“The facilities here are fantastic and we can’t complain of anything. The temperature is lovely for games,” added Kewell.

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