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Socceroos: Robbie Kruse, Brett Holman, Asian Cup, Graham Arnold, Daniel Garb, team news

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If Robbie Kruse is after a guideline on how quickly the haters can turn to praisers in Australian football he need to only seek out a man staying about 25 minutes away from the Socceroos base in Dubai, in Brett Holman.

The 63 time Socceroo was the original whipping boy of the national team – the punching bag for a fan group that couldn’t quite fathom how he was in a squad surrounded by the Golden Generation, never mind a regular starter.

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Robbie Kruse has copped his fair share of critics.
Robbie Kruse has copped his fair share of critics.Source: AP

But a moment of anticipation and clinical finishing in Rustenberg to put Australia 1-0 up at the 2010 World Cup over Ghana followed by a sublime long range strike in Nelspruit against Serbia, changed all that.

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Man City transfer policy was proved by Chelsea transfer – Sky Sports man

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MANCHESTER CITY will only target specific players in specific problems – and that was proved by their failure to sign Jorginho.

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Socceroos v Palestine: Graham Arnold reaction, Chris Ikonomidis, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has praised his young and relatively inexperienced players for their Asian Cup response against Palestine.

Just days after the Socceroos suffered a tough loss to Jordan, they bounced back with a fine 3-0 victory over Palestine, with a new-look front three making a difference.

Young forward Chris Ikonomidis was the star of the show with two assists, while Jamie Maclaren scored his first international goal and Awer Mabil also found the back of the net.

“Look I’ve got so much belief in this playing group and (once) that first game was out of the way, we moved on quickly,” Arnold told Fox Sports’ Daniel Garb.

“My job was to pick them up straight away and make them happy again.

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Rafa Benitez slams Newcastle exit claims and explains appointment decision

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RAFA BENITEZ has hit back at criticism that he is too pessimistic at Newcastle saying he is not responsible for the negativity at St James’ Park.

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