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Beijing Guoan's Griffiths: Opponents will be wary of Australia

Beijing Guoan striker Joel Griffiths believes opposition nations will be very wary of Australia at this year's World Cup.

The former Newcastle Jets man says the 2006 version of the Socceroos took many people by surprise with their progression to the Round of 16 in Germany and is adamant that they can achieve a similar result in South Africa despite being in a tough group alongside Germany, Serbia and Ghana.

"We were the little-noticed side at Germany 2006 and we surprised quite a few by reaching the second round," he told FIFA.com. "The opponents will keep wary of us this time around, but we can reach our goal as long as the team show their best."

On his own chances of making Pim Verbeek's squad, Griffiths said it was pretty much out of his hands.

"Our job is to score goals and win games - it is the coach's job to decide if we go," he added.

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