QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo will start for Australia prepare to take on World Champions Germany in the Confederations Cup this afternoon (4pm GMT).

The match is the Socceroos' first of the competition, and safe to say they couldn't be facing a more difficult introduction into the tournament.

Luongo, who started Australia's friendly against Brazil last week, has said he's looking forward to the challenge.

Speaking to Socceroos.com he said: "We'll all be up for it obviously, because everyone will think we're the underdogs, but we're confident because we've played teams like this before.

"We're playing big teams and it's like a dummy run for the World Cup so it sets where we are, and where we want to be, and if we're not there then we've got a lot of work to do.

The last time the sides met in 2015, the Socceroos pulled off an unexpected 2-2 draw against Germany, and Luongo is hoping his side can do the same again.

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He said: "They did not expect us to play the way we did, We have a few boys who play in Germany, and we had a high press which caused lots of problems. But then when we had the ball they were a bit naive and didn't expect us to be as good as we were.