Harry Kewell is confident that the 2010 version of the Australian national team is as good, if not better than the team that went to Germany 2006. The Galatasaray star, who is currently striving to get back to full fitness following a groin injury, believes that the Socceroos squad that will go to South Africa can do just as well as the team who made it to the Round of 16 four years ago and isn't reading too much into the media's rating of Pim Verbeek's players.
"People should be backing Australia and giving us credit and building us up," he said.
"Some seem to want us to fail. We're trying our best to make the nation proud. If critics don't want to support us then don't bother watching us. Just forget about us.
"We want people to back us, not bag us.
"In 2006 we had a good side, now we have a team in transition but we still have a point to prove. We have young players coming through, we have belief, and organisation, lots of experience and we're physical. It's ridiculous to write us off."