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Shandong's McGowan aware of magnitude of Australia's Brazil test

Ryan McGowan is relishing the challenge ahead for the Australian national team.

The Shandong Luneng defender and his Socceroos teammates take on the might of Brazil in an international friendly this weekend and the former Heart of Midlothian man is looking forward to the enormous test, especially as he gets to take on the likes of Barcelona young gun Neymar, fellow strikers Jo and Alexandre Pato and Chelsea pair Ramires and Oscar.

"It's going to be a huge challenge taking on arguably the best country in the world just now in their own back garden," he said.

"It's not going to be an easy game at all, but it's one we are all looking forward to playing and it's a great chance for all of us to pit our wits against the best players and see how far we are off.

"Obviously it's going to be a hard task and a lot of defenders all across the world have tried and not succeeded in keeping these guys quiet. I think if we defend as a unit and as a whole team then we might have some more success and hopefully that's what we do."

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