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Harry Kewell - Australia can qualify for World Cup knockout stage

03:31 GMT+3 29/05/2018
Harry Kewell
The former green and gold star is optimistic about the national team's chances in Russia

Harry Kewell believes Australia can qualify for the round of 16 at the World Cup if they can get something out of their first two matches.

The Socceroos face a tough campaign in Russia to progress to the knockout stage, drawn in group C alongside France, Denmark and Peru.

While he thinks the order of matches isn't ideal, Kewell is adamant the green and gold have the ability to get out of the group - if they can get to the final match against Peru with their hopes still alive.

"Hopefully [Australia can] get through the group stages. I know that people might say it's a big ask but I think they have drawn a group in which it is possible that they could get out," Kewell told Goal.

"I understand that we have France first which is difficult. Then obviously there is Denmark - the order isn't great. If we can sneak something in against France or Denmark, then at least Peru are very open and anything can happen."

Critics have questioned the probable selection of Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill, with the striker only playing 157 minutes of club football for Melbourne City and Millwall since the A-League season started in October.

But Kewell says his former teammate 'deserves' to be picked for Russia, but wasn't sure about what role he will play during the tournament.

"Tim has had a fantastic career. He has done exceptionally well for his national team. He does deserve to be in the national squad, to play at the WC," he said.

"We still know that he is quite capable. He is probably still our best goalscorer. He is going to be important but I don't see how or in what part he is going to participate. That is down to the manager."