Harry Kewell remains adamant Australia can still reach the next phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ despite the humiliating 4-0 loss to three-time winners Germany in their opening group game.
Kewell insisted morale remains high ahead of Saturday's must-win match against Ghana in Rustenberg, where even a draw against the African side, who beat Serbia 1-0 in the other match played so far in Group D, would all but end the Socceroos' hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
However, Kewell believes Australia have been written off prematurely on the basis of just one performance against what appears to be the best team in the group. "It wasn't a great effort against Germany but there are two games to go and anything can happen in a World Cup," he said.
"We were all disappointed in the (Germany) game but we are all men and we take it on the chin and we go out there and we have got to improve in the game against Ghana. There are still two games to go and we have got time to turn things around."
Kewell also believes Australia can cover the loss of Tim Cahill, the Socceroos' most prolific goalscorer of recent times, with the Everton star to miss the game through suspension following the straight red card he received against Germany.
"Tim is a great player and it's disappointing he won't be there (against Ghana)," said Kewell, who is expected to come into the side to replace Cahill. But we have got great players in our squad so we can cope with any players that we have or haven't got.
"But personally I don't think it was a red card (offence for Cahill) and a lot of other Australians probably think the same thing and probably most of the Germans don't think so as well but it's a World Cup and these things can happen."