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Simon Hill gets into war of words with Peter FitzSimons after Socceroos' loss to France

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Australian football voice Simon Hill gets into a war of words with Peter FitzSimons over his take on the Socceroos loss to France: ‘At least have a working knowledge of the game’

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Football commentator Simon Hill has flogged Fairfax columnist Peter FitzSimons for his lack of knowledge about the world game.

The two media identities clashed on Twitter, with Hill – the voice of football in Australia – furious at FitzSimons’ take on the Sydney Morning Herald after the Socceroos were outclassed 4-1 by France in their World Cup opener on Wednesday ( AEDT) in Qatar.

FitzSimons – who admitted to knowing little about football – felt Australia was closing in on their shell after a shocking lead against Les Blues at Doha’s Al Janoub Stadium.

It was a view echoed by Socceroos legends such as Harry Kewell, Mark Bosnich and John Aloisi – but Hill singled out former Wallaby FitzSimons.

Hill labeled the veteran sports journalist’s outlook “depressing”, particularly his reference to the “Australian way” where sports teams are always asking questions of their opponents, whatever the occasion.

Respected football commentator Simon Hill has flogged Fairfax columnist Peter FitzSimons for his criticism of Socceroos performance against France

Respected football commentator Simon Hill has flogged Fairfax columnist Peter FitzSimons for his criticism of the Socceroos’ performance against France

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons - who has admitted his knowledge of football is limited - accused the Socceroos of going into their shells after leading 1-0 against France (he is pictured, with wife Lisa Wilkinson)

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons - who has admitted his knowledge of football is limited - accused the Socceroos of going into their shells after a 1-0 lead against France (he is pictured, with wife Lisa Wilkinson)

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons – who has admitted his knowledge of football is limited – accused the Socceroos of going into their shells after a 1-0 lead against France (he is pictured, with wife Lisa Wilkinson)

A reference to the late rugby league great Tommy Raudonikis and his infamous ‘cattledog’ cry also irked Hill, who covers the World Cup in the Middle East.

“Try…I don’t know about the game…Tommy Raudonikis…” Sigh,” Hill posted on Twitter.

“Why do we STILL get these kinds of ‘analysis’ pieces on the biggest sporting event in the world?”

“If you’re a general sports writer, shouldn’t you at least have a working knowledge of the biggest game in the world?”

Hill later pointed out to another Twitter follower that the class gap between the two nations was clear, with Australia “having very limited resources compared to France” before adding that it was a “little miracle” that Australia had qualified for his fifth consecutive World Cup. .

Former Socceroo John Aloisi also felt that the Socceroos were far too conservative against France's power

Former Socceroo John Aloisi also felt that the Socceroos were far too conservative against France's power

Former Socceroo John Aloisi also felt that the Socceroos were far too conservative against France’s power

FitzSimons returned on Friday, pointing out that his view was shared by the likes of Kewell, Bosnich and Craig Foster.

“I don’t know anything about this game. But in my new eyes, our guys are way too hesitant and lack urgency, yes? I feel desperation, but not the right kind? We don’t seem desperate to deal with them?’ he asked.

Then Mike Tyson was bizarrely drawn into the debate.

Australia will next play Tunisia on Saturday night (9pm, AEDT) before playing Denmark at 2am (also AEDT) on Thursday 1 December.

Graham Arnold’s men will have to win both games to advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.