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How is playing football for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League going? It’s a big, beautiful city and 21 million people can be a little overwhelming, but they do it well. Bright lights, all the big shopping centres… I’m loving it. It’s definitely a great transition for me. I play for one of the two big clubs in Shanghai and yes, the fans recognise me on the streets, especially after winning the Asian Cup with the Socceroos. They come up quite a lot asking for a photo and autograph, and they’re great. It’s nothing that I’m not used to anywhere else in the world. The Socceroos take on Bangladesh and Tajikistan in a couple of World Cup qualifiers this month. Do you know much about either of these teams? Always. That’s one thing we do well — our homework and respecting the opponent. Our manager has always been influential in making sure they gather as much information as possible so when we get into camp we can understand the opposition and know a bit about them. But most of the time it’s focussing on ourselves and being prepared for the job at hand. 4 2
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