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Socceroos to honour Johnny Warren

14/11/2004 03:13:50 PM Comments (0)

A grateful Socceroos team is dedicating this week's international against Norway to Johnny Warren who is to be honoured at a state funeral in Sydney on Monday.

The day promises to provide a fittingly colourful memorial, with Warren's family encouraging people to wear football scarves and team jerseys and bring banners as they pay tribute to the man known as "Captain Socceroo".

Warren played in Australia's only team to make it to the World Cup finals in 1974.

On the other side of the world the national team is assembling in London for Tuesday's match against Norway at Craven Cottage and injured regular skipper Craig Moore said they would also honour the man they owed an enormous amount to.

Moore described Warren, who died eight days ago aged 61 after a long battle with cancer, as "Australia's most fearless football advocate".

"It was through the efforts of Johnny Warren and people like him that have laid the foundation of opportunity for Australian players such as ourselves to forge careers on the international stage, and for that we are forever grateful," Moore said in a statement.

"Johnny's lifelong example has taught us to believe in our ability and that as Australian players we are able to compete with the best in the world.

"The players dedicate our match on Wednesday against Norway to the memory of Johnny Warren and to the spirit of the Socceroos which he pioneered."

The state funeral for Warren - who after his soccer career became a passionate and influential voice for his sport as a commentator - will be held at Sydney's St Andrew's Anglican Cathedral at noon.

His family has issued a statement urging people paying their respects to "fly the colours of the world game".

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