Claiming he has offers from several clubs, veteran forward Harry Kewell has no intention of giving up on his time with the Australia national team
|By DEJAN KALINIC
Clubless Australian attacker Harry Kewell has ruled out retiring from international football after being overlooked for the Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The 34-year-old played three games for Al Gharafa in April - his only appearances for a club since leaving the Melbourne Victory at the end of the 2011-12 A-League season.
As expected, Kewell was left out of the 26-man Australia squad for June's qualifiers against Japan, Jordan and Iraq.
But he told The Australian he has refused to give up on his international career and believes he still has a role to play for Holger Osieck's men.
"Retiring from the national team is not on the agenda, not at all," Kewell said.
"I personally feel fit enough and strong enough to continue. I've had a bit of time out but I've always kept working. I don't feel like I want to give up yet.
"My dream is to just play football. You get bonuses along the way if you are lucky, like playing for great clubs and, if you are playing well enough, then you can be fortunate to play in a World Cup."
Kewell told Fox Sports on Wednesday he was fit – despite lacking 'some match fitness' – for the qualifiers.
He said he was still working hard despite being frustrated about not being invited to a Socceroos training camp, which including clubless captain Lucas Neill and several A-League players, on the Central Coast.
"It's painful but that's [Osieck's] decision," Kewell said.
"How many different ways are there to say 'frustrating'? I need a dictionary. I will always be available to play for my country, though – always.
"I am still working, training every day, getting myself ready."
Kewell said he was unable to find a club in Britain during his time away from the game because he "was stuffed around by a lot of agents"He said offers had come from England, the Middle East and Australia, with his destination for next season expected to be confirmed shortly.