Robbie Kruse of the Socceroos runs with the ball.
Robbie Kruse of the Socceroos runs with the ball. Michael Dodge

UAE will be tough, says Kruse

FOOTBALL: Robbie Kruse saw enough of the United Arab Emirates to know the Socceroos will be in for a tough test in Abu Dhabi tomorrow morning (AEST).

Australia last played the UAE on a wet night in Newcastle on its way to winning the Asian Cup last year.

Kruse knows things will be different, not least the weather, with temperatures set to reach 30 degrees.

As well as the heat the winger realises just how good the home side is, especially after beginning the Asian World Cup qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a surprise 2-1 success in Japan.

"The conditions and everything are going to be really tough,” Kruse admitted.

"It's going to be a tough match but if we apply the same attitude as the last game and the games since we've been under Ange (coach Ange Postecoglou) I think we'll be right.

"They're (UAE) extremely good.

"They're emerging as a really strong team through this federation we play in.

"We saw in the Asian Cup how good they really are.

"They beat Japan and we beat them 2-0 in the semi-final, which was a really tough test as well.

"They have a lot of individual quality, so it's going to be very difficult.”

Australia was frustrated by a stubborn Iraqi team during the 2-0 win last Thursday in Perth.

Socceroos boss Postecoglou looks likely to make a few changes to that side with all 23 players, including Mile Jedinak, who did not train on Sunday, available.

Postecoglou went for a diamond in midfield against Iraq but he could switch back to a 4-3-3 formation with an old favourite back to lead the line.

The coach seems set to start Tim Cahill, who played no part in Thursday's game, with a couple of other changes expected throughout the side.

UAE has Omar Abdulrahman in its ranks and he has the ability to unlock any defence.

If he does that, then the home side has strikers Ali Mabkhout and Ahmed Khalil - who scored both goals against Japan - who could cause the Socceroos lots of problems.

Kruse said it was now important for the Soccerooos to not only qualify for major tournaments, but make an impact in the finals.

"It's about taking it to the next level now, not just being satisfied with qualifying for the World Cup,” he said.

"It's about wanting to go the World Cup and the Confederations Cup and actually trying to win something or get as far as we can and be the first team to create history by doing something with the national team.

"I think if we can keep working as hard as we are with the squad we have and the depth we have, I think we're in good stead for when these tournaments do come around.”