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Nagoya Grampus' Kennedy at ease with Australia striking role

Nagoya Grampus forward Josh Kennedy says he is at ease with the number one striker's role in the Australian national team. The 27-year old Wodonga-born goalscorer admits he is no longer fazed by the fact that he is a regular Socceroos player and says filling the void left by Mark Viduka does not play on his mind anymore.

"I have been involved in the team for a long time, and whenever I have played I think I have done extremely well, so I think the transition in taking over that striker's role has been quite easy," Kennedy told FIFA.com.

Kennedy admits his move from Germany, where he spent close to a decade with VfL Wolfsburg, Stuttgart Kickers, FC Cologne, Dynamo Dresden, Nurnberg and Karlsruhe, to Japan has helped him develop as a player and also admitted that it was quite ironic that the Australians drew Germany in their group in the World Cup.

"I think it has been great move for me," he says. "I'm scoring goals and I'm playing regularly, which is why I went there.

"Drawing Germany is quite funny and seemed quite a coincidence for me. If we got a result there it would be a little bit sweet for me.

"The Germans are a fantastic tournament team, and are a team that will be looking to make the semis or even Final. We have them in the first game and we will go in there and give it everything and see how we go."

And Kennedy was confident that the Socceroos would be able to mix it with the world's best in South Africa.

"I think it's a fantastic thing that we have a similar team to the last World Cup, though we have a few younger players coming through and pushing for a few positions making for a good mix," he added further. "We will have a good mix of youth and experience."

Andrew Slevison
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