World Cup 2010: Brett Emerton Claims Australia Veterans May Continue Playing

The South African tournament may not have been a last hurrah for some of the national team's older players.
Brett Emerton has claimed that Australia’s older players may not be quite ready to retire from the international scene just yet, feeling that there is still life left in the ageing Socceroos.

Despite beating Serbia 2-1 on Wednesday evening, the Australians crashed out of the World Cup, largely thanks to the damage done by a heavy reverse at the hands of the Germans in their opening game. Emerton, who is 31-years-old, believes that he and some of his other more senior team-mates can still offer something to the national side.

“I think a lot of the players haven't made their minds up as to what they are going to do after the World Cup,” FIFA’s official website quotes Emerton as having said.

“It's going to be an interesting few months after this World Cup with the upcoming internationals to see what players decide to do. In the last two games we have shown we are not that old after all, we can still go out and mix it with the best and we've shown with our energy levels that there's still plenty of run left in those boys' legs.

“I'm sure there will be a few boys who will call it a day. Myself, personally, I'd like to continue to play on as long as I'm being selected for the Australian team. Hopefully I can guide some of the youngsters and help them become good international players.”

Australia’s next major tournament is the Asian Cup, which takes place in Qatar in 2011.

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