Australia names squad for remaining 2010 football World Cup qualifiers
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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."
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.