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Two Aussies skip Confederations Cup

06/06/2005 07:05:00 PM Comments (0)

Australian coach Frank Farina has allowed midfielders Marco Bresciano and Vince Grella to skip the Confederations Cup in Germany later this month because of club commitments.

Bresciano and Grella's Italian club Parma has Serie A relegation playoffs during the Confederations Cup from June 15-29.

Parma had asked Farina to release the two players from international duty, with Farina leaving both out of his 23-man squad.

"I decided it was best for the team as they prepare for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup qualifiers later in the year and in the best interests of the players that they not be selected," Farina said.

"It's a difficult situation for all involved.

"Both players love playing for their country and at the same time feel a responsibility to help their club.

"It's a shame they'll miss the tournament but it will give others an opportunity to step up."

Farina has included Sydney FC striker David Zdrilic, who is currently playing in the Oceania Club World Championship qualifiers in Tahiti, and Osasuna striker John Aloisi, whose club plays in the Spanish Cup final this weekend.

Farina has also called up Australian-based duo Simon Colosimo and Archie Thompson, but has bypassed German-based veteran striker Paul Agostino.

Australia: John Aloisi, Tim Cahill, Scott Chipperfield, Simon Colosimo, Jason Culina, Ahmad Elrich, Brett Emerton, Zeljko Kalac, Jon McKain, Ljubo Milicevic, Craig Moore, Kevin Muscat, Lucas Neill, Michael Petkovic, Tony Popovic, Mark Schwarzer, Josip Skoko, Mile Sterjovski, Archie Thompson, Tony Vidmar, Mark Viduka, Luke Wilkshire, David Zdrilic.

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