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Football: Socceroo Kruse warms-up for Romania with double

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Australia midfielder Robbie Kruse warmed up for Wednesday's friendly against Romania with two goals in Fortuna Duesseldorf's 3-1 German league win at home to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

The 24-year-old winger made the last of his 21 appearances for the Socceroos in October's 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over Iraq.

Kruse scored two early goals to give 13th-placed Duesseldorf their first win in four league games ahead of next week's friendly clash in Malaga, Spain.

Having fired his side ahead after only 10 minutes with a right-footed shot from a corner, Kruse then beat Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich on 37 minutes to put his side on the way to victory.

"Personally, it is always great to score two goals, but it was far more important to get the three points," said the former Melbourne Victory midfielder.

"We worked together really well today and had an excellent structure in our game.

"We were very disappointed after the last two defeats, but we worked really hard in training last week and our reward was a great performance.

"We play in a fantastic league against strong teams, so it's normal that you can't deliver a performance like that every week. I'm much happier about the team's success than about my two goals."

Australia's German coach Holger Osieck is looking forward to using next week's friendly to assess the level of his players ahead of their next World Cup qualifier against Oman on March 26 in Sydney.

The Socceroos are in second in Group B, eight points behind runaway leaders Japan.

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