Kewell thinks Aussies can do well

Former Australia and Liverpool star Harry Kewell believes the current generation of Socceroos can distinguish themselves.

Kewell's remarks come as Australia prepares to host the AFC Asian Cup which starts on 9 January.

Australia's status as hosts and runner's up in the 2011 Asian Cup has meant they are considered favourites; however, some pundits have compared them unfavourably to Kewell's generation.

He said: "I'm sick of people talking about which player is going to step up. It's time for them to get rid of the shackles and go out there be free and be their own people.

"They have a wonderful opportunity to forget about the past and to step up and make their own legacy and their own history.

"They need to go out there and do it and take this tournament by the scruff of the neck.

"What chance to play an Asian Cup at home, it's once in a blue moon and you have to give everything. If they're not in tiptop shape, if they're not ready to run through brick walls, then something's wrong."

Kewell added: "It's a chance for players to make a name for themselves and impress and get that big move.

"The ranking is disappointing, though the FIFA standings are all over the place.

"Winning the Asian Cup would help the team start climbing."