It seems that Mark Viduka is prepared to call an end to his international career to concentrate on playing for Newcastle United, his new club team.
Mark Viduka – a credit to club and country
Mark had a great game for the Newcastle club on Sunday against bottom placed Derby County and was easily Man of the March. He saved Newcastle’s blushes with two expertly dispatched goals to give Newcastle a draw, they just about deserved.
Mark does not see himself playing any part of Australia’s opening World Cup qualifying match against Qatar in Melbourne on February 6 next year. Viduka’s decision will probably be a setback for new Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek, but the Dutchman is still confident that he’ll be able to convince the striker to play some part later in the campaign. Verbeek said:
“He is still a dangerous striker and an experienced striker, and if he can still bring something to the team.”
” I will try to convince him that it is necessary for him to play.â€
Viduka’s decision to put his Tyneside club before country is a nice boost for his manager Sam Allardyce. Big Sam was delighted with Viduka’s performance on Sunday and talked about the classy Australian striker:
â€œViduka showed the way forward with his finishing on a day when we’ve not converted nearly enough chances,” he said. “He had three opportunities and scored with two of them.â€
â€œEven though we nearly won it 3-2 we had two clear problems. Basic bad defending allowed Derby two shots on target which equaled two goals.â€
“We got something out of the game but I’m very disappointed with the result and the fact that we’ve not taken our chances. This was a game we should have won.”
“Mark is a massively important player for us,”
Mark is a credit to himself, his club and his country and is probably Australia’s greatest ever footballer. But itâ€™s really hard to keep playing at every level once you get into your 30s. The great Newcastle striker Alan Shearer also found out that once he turned 30, but went on to play for Newcastle till he was 35 years old, still banging in the goals. And Mark still has a good few years for Newcastle United, in what fans are hoping will be a resurgence of the club to their former glories, under the new ownership of English Billionaire Mike Ashley and new Chairman Chris Mort, who is now running the club for Mike.Comments and opinions very welcome.