No time to reflect, says rising Socceroo
Robbie Kruse says he hasn't had time to reflect on his meteoric rise on soccer's world stages.
But the 25-year-old admits delight at his emergence as arguably Australia's most precocious talent.
From scoring a brace on his starting debut for German powerhouse Bayern Leverkusen; to a Champions League campaign; to emergence as an Australian attacking weapon in World Cup qualifiers - the year has been a whirlwind.
"I haven't had too much time to really reflect on anything," Kruse told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.
"Obviously we had the World Cup qualifiers and it was such a surreal feeling to qualify.
"Then I jumped straight back into Bayers.
"I'm thrilled with where I'm at and I'm thrilled with the path that I have taken, I have progressed as a footballer and off the pitch as well."
Kruse last week was acclaimed as the Professional Footballers' Australia footballer of the year, adding to the Harry Kewell medal, for the best under 23 player, that he won two years.
The Brisbane-born Kruse is the only player to claim both awards
"I have been feeling really good, I have felt pretty happy with my start at Bayers and hopefully I can translate that into the national team," he said.
"It's obviously difficult when you are coming in, with different philosophies of the coaches and you're playing different players, but I'm sure we're all experienced enough to adjust."
Kruse will play a pivotal role under new Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, starting with Tuesday night's friendly against Costa Rica.
"It's a friendly but even the boss said he doesn't like losing and I'm sure none of the players do," he said.
"We want to win and play a nice brand of football.
"You see the way (Melbourne) Victory and Brisbane have played under Ange, it has been very attractive. So if we can play similar to that and get some victories and get some goals, hopefully the fans will appreciate that."