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He hasn't featured for his national team for 14 months, but the ex-Liverpool, Leeds and Galatasaray player still harbours serious ambitions of an Australia recall

A determined Harry Kewell has set his sights on representing the Socceroos at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

The veteran not played for his country since Australia's World Cup qualifier at home to Japan in June 2012.

Speaking to the ABC alongside his new coach John Aloisi, the Melbourne Heart forward made no secret of his desire to play in the competition in South America.

"100 percent I want to be there, just like every player who wants to be there [at the World Cup], I'm no different, in fact I probably want it more than anyone else," said Kewell.

"First and foremost I have to play well for my club; if I do that then I have a chance."

Kewell, who is now in the full swing of pre-season for the Heart, has developed a new lease on life at the club and has committed to performing at a high level in the 2013-14 season.

"I don't like to sit there and reflect [on my career], I like to look to the future," said Kewell.

"I have come to Heart because I believe in their structure and I believe in what they are trying to do here."

Understanding the need to perform in the months ahead, the former Leeds, Liverpool and Melbourne Victory star believes he still has much to offer to the competition.

"I haven't come here to be part of the furniture … I'm still a winner and I want to win, I believe this club can go far."

A former Socceroos team-mate and now his coach, Aloisi believes Kewell just needed to rediscover his love for the game after a high-profile but somewhat underwhelming year at cross-town rivals Victory.

"When I spoke to Harry over the last year he said all he wants to do is play football and enjoy his football again," said Aloisi.

"You can see he is really focussed on that."

Aloisi is planning to unleash the reinvigorated Kewell on A-League defences this season, giving him licence to create for the Melbourne team.

"He can play anywhere along the front four … he'll be able to roam and rotate with the other strikers," Aloisi said.

"Harry will be the leader of our frontline."

Kewell himself is content with whichever role his coach chooses for him.

"I'll play wherever the manager sees fit, he could play me out on the left, right, middle, forward, he might even decide not to play me, whatever is best for the team."

Positions and tactics aside, Kewell's priority is to focus on proving that he can still offer something to Australian football.

"I have had ups and downs in my career," Kewell said.

"But now I think it's the time for me to step up again and not only show the country and Melbourne Heart fans, but even myself that I can go out there and enjoy the game and still play at a high level."

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