Harry Kewell has revealed Socceroos coach Holger Osieck will not call on him for June's World Cup qualifiers, with the veteran forward adamant he could have played a role
|By DEJAN KALINIC
Clubless Australian attacker Harry Kewell insists he is fit for Australia's upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers, despite playing just three games this year.
Holger Osieck is set to announce his squad for June's crucial matches against Japan, Jordan and Iraq on Thursday.
Despite his lack of match practice, Kewell told Fox Sports he was confident he could 'do a job' for Australia.
But the former Leeds and Liverpool forward said Osieck had overlooked him in his squad, which will be named on Thursday.
"I know that I'm not selected because I phoned Holger Osieck and told him that my contract had finished at Al Gharafa but I am 100 percent fit," said 34-year-old Kewell, who has played three matches for Al Gharafa in Qatar since leaving Melbourne Victory in June, 2012.
"He told me that I was not going to be 'right' for these World Cup games, but I am fit – 100 percent fit – I've passed every fitness test and every medical – I have the records to show them – and I just played three games for Al Gharafa."
Kewell was not among the players invited to a training camp on the Central Coast held for A-League players in early May, which included the clubless Lucas Neill.
Despite saying he was '100 percent fit', Kewell admitted he lacked match practice but believes he has a role to play with the Socceroos.
"He could have had a look at me first hand for two weeks [at the training camp]," Kewell said.
"If he did that then he could say, 'OK, Harry, you are not going to be right' or, 'Actually, you are going to be right and I have a job for you to do'.
"I could still do a job for Australia. The only thing I am missing is some match fitness."
Kewell emphasised he was never released from his contract with Al Gharafa, but their Emir Cup exit led to the end of his contract.
The Socceroos, who sit third in Group B in the fourth round of World Cup qualifying, face Japan in Saitama on June 4.Meetings with Jordan in Melbourne and Iraq in Sydney follow, with Australia needing to finish top two in the group to guarantee qualification for Brazil 2014.