Aussies prepare for friendly without Everton star

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Australia’s heroic goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is looking forward to playing Germany once more and showing the European side that the 4-0 victory was a once off.

The friendly, which will take place in Moenchengladbach tonight, is a chance for the Socceroos to get back some dignity after taking a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the Germans in their opening World Cup group stage match last year. Star midfielder Tim Cahill was sent off for a red card in the contest, after a poorly timed but certainly not malicious tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"That is always going to be a tough order [playing Germany away]," Schwarzer told Fox Sports.

"But we have done it before, we have gone to Holland and beaten the Dutch in their backyard (2-1, Eindhoven in 2008) and we have beaten England on their home ground (3-1, Upton Park in 2003).


"Nobody expected us to do both of those results so we are going to go in there with the confidence and belief in our own ability."

Schwarzer said that lessons were taken from the last Germany match up, and the Socceroos are planning never to repeat such a performance again.

"It was a very bitter blow and a very harsh lesson to learn," he said.

"Hopefully we have learnt a lot from it and improve on it and in the future those results and those performances won't happen to us."

Meanwhile Australian star Tim Cahill has not travelled with the Socceroos squad to Germany after being ruled out of the friendly with a foot injury.

Since returning from the Asia Cup in January, Cahill suffered a foot injury that put him out of the Everton squad for three weeks. The star returned to start against Fulham, where the Toffees won 2-1.

However, Cahill limped off the pitch after 69 minutes, and fitness tests are still being done on the midfielder with hopes he hasn’t re-injured his foot.

The friendly with Germany is showing live on ESPN's viewers choice from 20:45 local time, and 5:45 Wednesday morning Eastern Standard Australian time.

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