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After a strong showing at the last World Cup, Harry Kewell doesn't expect Australia to take anyone by surprise this time.

The Socceroos advanced out of the group stage in Germany four years ago before losing in the round of 16 to eventual champions Italy 1-0 with a disputed injury-time penalty.

"I think we surprised a lot of teams at the last World Cup. Obviously it's difficult a second time around," said Kewell.