A star for the Socceroos at Asian Cup 2015, though the final ended in heartbreak for the talented striker after he sustained a serious injury. His arrival on the pitch on crutches at the post-game trophy presentation was one of the most emotional moments for Socceroo fans and players.
Kruse missed out on the Brazil World Cup due to injury but worked his way back into form and fitness with a fantastic Asian Cup. His strike against Oman in the group stage was a real eye-catcher and his all-round energy and incisive running showed what fans had been missing.
Kruse made his name at Brisbane Roar FC before moving to Melbourne Victory where his career took off under Ernie Merrick. It helped him earn a move to the Bundesliga with Fortuna Dusseldorf before his current club Bayer Leverkusen signed him in 2013, where they rate him highly.
No doubt about it, when Kruse returns to full fitness he will be a major part of the Socceroos' attacking arsenal on the road to Russia 2018.
The power of football: Mooy inspires young cancer patient
Caltex Socceroos star Aaron Mooy had plenty of admirers for his performances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but probably none more special than young Bella. Bella is battling brain cancer and started chemotherapy last year, with the treatment seeing the young girl lose all her ha
Aussies Abroad weekend wrap: how did your Caltex Socceroos perform?
Missed your Caltex Socceroos in action over the weekend? We've got you covered. Every week we're wrapping up all the club football action involving our Aussies abroad. AUSSIES ABROAD: Rogic, Ryan and Mabil impress in Europe PROGRESS REPORT: Mark Milligan 'AMAZING': Pat
Milicic hails Young Socceroos after crucial win over Vietnam
Ante Milicic has praised the character of his Young Socceroos after they overcame illness and a desperate opponent to record a vital 2-1 win over Vietnam at the AFC U-19 Championships on Monday night. Newcastle Jets attacker Angus Thurgate and Ipswich Town’s Ben Folami scored