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Kewell to play for Socceroos

11/10/2004 08:30:21 PM Comments (0)

The Socceroos' chief crowd-puller Harry Kewell has been given the green light to play his first international on home soil in three years on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool striker has been named in the Socceroos' side to play the Solomon Islands in the second leg of the Oceania Nations Cup final in Sydney after overcoming a groin strain.

Kewell got through training on Monday afternoon, brushing aside any fears the injury which kept him out of Australia's 5-1 victory in the first leg in Honiara at the weekend would make waste of his 23-hour plane trip home.

"The pain's gone completely now, although the muscle hasn't full strength in it because of the time I've had off," Kewell said. "But it'll get there."

"Whatever (coach ) Frank (Farina) wants me to do I'll do, but I'm hopefully going to go out there and play the full 90 minutes."

Farina said he would give Kewell free rein in a three-pronged attack aimed at raining goals on the mis-matched Solomon Islanders.

"The idea of the three-pronged attack is movement causes confusion among defenders and that's what we're aiming to achieve," Farina said.

"Harry will initially start on the left-hand side of the front three and he will be given freedom to roam."

Kewell's inclusion has guaranteed bigger interest for the return leg of the two-match series which doubles as the qualifiers for the Confederations Cup in Germany next year.

More than 500 fans turned out in central Sydney on Monday as Kewell signed autographs and threw miniature soccer balls into the crowd to rock star acclaim.

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