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Socceroos Squad Finalised Ahead of Super June Football



Australian national football coach Pim Verbeek has named the Socceroos team to participate in the teams remaining qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

All but one of the squad play in foreign leagues. Jason Čulina, who has signed with Gold Coast United FC, is the exception.

Rhys Williams and Dario Vidosic were called up to the national team for the first time after impressing for their respective clubs.

Williams has previously represented the Wales national under-21 football team on ten occasions but recently declared his desire to be selected in the Australian senior side.

Long-time national team member Mark Viduka was left out of the 30-man squad. Coach Verbeek gave Viduka a week to decide whether he wants to be part of Australia’s plans in the future.

“He has this week to make up his mind,” Verbeek said. “I have one spot open and that’s the spot for him. It’s up to him. We all know his situation at Newcastle, a very tough year, a long time injured, missed a lot of games, played the final five or six games in a row, relegated, end of contract and not the youngest player anymore, so I think he has enough things on his mind. If he makes the decision not to play anymore, then we have to respect his decision.”

Nick Carle, Brad Jones, Adrian Madaschi, Mark Milligan, Matthew Spiranovic and Shane Steffanuto, who have been out of the side for varying lengths of time, all return for the qualifiers.

Australia currently head Group A in round four of Asian Football Confederation qualifying. They need to one point (a draw) from their remaining three games to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.

All Qantas Socceroos matches will be broadcast “Live and Exclusive” on FOX SPORTS.
QANTAS SOCCEROOS SQUAD – Wednesday 27 May 2009

NAME CLUB COUNTRY “A”- Internationals (goals)
Mark BRESCIANO U.S. Citta di Palermo ITALY 48 (11)
Jacob BURNS FC Unirea Valahorum ROMANIA 9 (0)
Tim CAHILL Everton ENGLAND 31 (14)
Nick CARLE Crystal Palace FC ENGLAND 7 (0)
David CARNEY Sheffield United FC ENGLAND 18 (1)
Scott CHIPPERFIELD FC Basel SWITZERLAND 60 (12)
Chris COYNE Colchester United FC ENGLAND 5 (0)
Jason CULINA Gold Coast United AUSTRALIA 38 (1)
Bruce DJITE Genclerbirligi SK TURKEY 7 (0)
Richard GARCIA Hull City FC ENGLAND 4 (0)
Vincenzo GRELLA Blackburn Rovers ENGLAND 37 (0)
Brett HOLMAN AZ Alkmaar HOLLAND 23 (1)
Mile JEDINAK Genclerbirligi SK TURKEY 4 (0)
Brad JONES Middlesbrough FC ENGLAND 1 (0)
Josh KENNEDY Karlsruher SC GERMANY 12 (6)
Harry KEWELL Galatasaray SK TURKEY 39 (13)
Adrian MADASCHI Portogruaro-Summaga ITALY 4 (2)
Scott McDONALD Celtic FC SCOTLAND 11 (0)
Mark MILLIGAN Shanghai Shenhua CHINA 6 (0)
Lucas NEILL West Ham United FC ENGLAND 48 (0)
Jade NORTH Incheon United FC KOREA REPUBLIC 23 (0)
Michael PETKOVIC Sivasspor TURKEY 6 (0)
Mark SCHWARZER Fulham FC ENGLAND 65 (0)
Matthew SPIRANOVIC FC Nurnberg GERMANY 2 (0)
Shane STEFANUTTO FC Lyn Oslo NORWAY 1 (0)
Mile STERJOVSKI Derby County FC ENGLAND 39 (7)
Carl VALERI U.S. Grosseto FC ITALY 16 (0)
Dario VIDOSIC FC Nurnberg GERMANY -
Luke WILKSHIRE FK Dinamo Moscow RUSSIA 33 (0)
Rhys WILLIAMS Middlesbrough FC ENGLAND -

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Published on May 29, 2009




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