ONE of Australia’s most successful sporting exports has called time on his career.
Socceroo Harry Kewell will hang up the boots at the end of the A-League season, giving up on his bid to play at a third World Cup in Brazil later this year.
“I haven’t been part of the Australian squad for a while. For me it was time to let the young players stand up and be counted for,” he said.
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Sports News First reports, Kewell emerged as a genuine star of the English Premier League with Leeds United in the late 1990s.
He then went on to help Australia end a 32-year absence from the World Cup, when he found the back of the net to put the Socceroos into the second round for the first time.
He won the Champions League and the FA Cup with English Premier League giants Liverpool.
While many Socceroos fans pleaded for his return to the national squad ahead of June’s World Cup, Kewell suggested it was never a viable option.
It’s hoped Kewell will recover from a rib injury in time to play for Melbourne Heart in their last-round A-League match against Western Sydney Wanderers next month.