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World Cup players back for Australia's friendly against Argentina

World Cup players back for Australia's friendly against Argentina

World Cup players Lucas Neill, Mark Schwarzer, Mark Bresciano and Vince Grella were named Thursday to return home for Australia's soccer friendly against Argentina in Melbourne on Sept. 11.
Coach Graham Arnold named a 21-man squad that did not include two of Australia's top players in the English Premier League _ Liverpool's Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka, who recently signed with Newcastle.
Neill plays for West Ham and goalkeeper Schwarzer for Middlesbrough in England. Bresciano and Grella are both based in Italy _ Bresciano for Palermo and Grella for Torino.
"It'll be a very big game, especially against the team we are playing (Argentina), who are a world-class team," Bresciano said of the Melbourne Cricket Ground match.
"This is the start of our World Cup campaign as there are only a couple of games until we get under way in February."
Arnold said the team faced a big challenge against the No. 2-ranked team in world soccer.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some of the players to come up against some of the best players in the world and to test themselves at this level," said Arnold.
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Australian squad: Mark Bresciano (Palermo, Italy), Vincenzo Grella (Torino, Italy), Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, England), Nick Carle (Genclerbirligi, Turkey), Josip Skoko (Wigan, England), Michael Beauchamp (Nuremburg, Germany), Luke Wilkshire (Twente, Holland), Josh Kennedy (Nuremburg, Germany), Brett Holman (NEC Nijmegen, Holland), Carl Valeri (Grosseto, Italy), David Carney (Sheffield United, England), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Michael Thwaite (Wisla Krakow, Poland), Scott McDonald (Celtic, Scotland), Clint Bolton (Sydney FC, Australia), Alex Brosque (Sydney FC, Australia), Patrick Kisnorbo (Leicester City, England), Simon Colosimo (Perth Glory, Australia), Lucas Neill (West Ham, England), Dean Heffernan (Central Coast Mariners, Australia)


Updated : 2021-01-21 14:03 GMT+08:00