You would think that Australia would be heading to World Cup on a wave of patriotic fervour given their recent results, team strength and the potential of facing England in the second round. But to many Australian fans the opposite is true; performances in recent games have been poor, the squad is old and lacks depth, and coach Pim Verbeek has got Australia playing a style of football that doesn't measure up to former coach Guus Hiddink.
The players stand behind Verbeek's pragmatic approach, but a poor display against New Zealand in a warm-up match hardly helped foster a positive belief before Australia take on the likes of Germany, Ghana and Serbia in Group D.
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