Viduka Not in Aussie Squad – Contemplating Retirement

Mark Viduka has been left out of Australia’s preliminary squad for the World Cup qualifier against Qatar next month.


Mark Viduka – played 43 times for Australia since 1994

New Australian coach Pim Verbeek has named 39 players, which will be whittled down before the game on 6th February.

Mark Viduka is thinking of retiring from the international scene, and may well have told Verbeek to leave him out of the squad. Certainly Mark has suffered this season from his efforts in the Asia Cup last summer, and his poor injury record shows no sign of improving, as he has only appeared 17 times for Newcastle United this season.

Australian coach Verbeek said today:

“I have deliberately kept the squad big to give us maximum flexibility until match day,”

“I have been very pleased with the way the local players have responded to what we’re trying to do in the recent training camps we’ve had.

“I want to give them every opportunity to state their claim to be part of the final 18-man squad which must be named on match day.”

We think it’s in Mark’s best interests to now concentrate on his Newcastle career and have 2-3 good years of club football to finish off his career. Traveling all over to play for Australia gets a lot more difficult, the older you get.

Mark is now 32 years old and has played 43 times for his country scoring 11 goals, so he’s given his country good service over the years having also played 18 times for the Under-23s (17 goals) and 24 times (32 goals) for the Under-20s.

Comments always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #1

    If he can’t get a game for Australia why should he get one for Newcastle?

  • yo

    Jan 23, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    james- sooner or later he was going to have to pull the plug on his international career, just as any player would need to do

  • James

    Jan 23, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    yo – hopefully keegan pulls the plug on his newcastle career. his lack of fitness and effort during games is annoying. he came here for wages and nothing else.

  • Leo*

    Jan 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    yep he came 4 wages defo

  • George

    Jan 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #5

    If i was Mark Viduka, i would bow out gracefully now when he still has a reputation.
    Unfortunately time has caught up withMV and you can see in hiis movement that he seems to be very lead footed. All players become lead footed some more than others, but when it happens it is better to go when your reputation is in tact. Alan Shearer struggled on for an extra year, i am aware it was exceptional circumstances, but it was not the AS we had come to love, at times you felt sorry for him being on the pitch. However his name as it was did not diminish, MV on the other hand does not have the reputation AS had, so it would be kinder to go now before it is too late.

  • Graeme

    Jan 23, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Use him in exchange for another player. Add Owen to the equation and we should get a decent CF for that sort of money – at least one than can run, jump & shoot!!!!!

  • jimmer

    Jan 23, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #7

    lets give him ten games under keegan before we hang him, everyone keeps saying we need a decent midfield, if we get one the boys up front will get better service and more chances, keep viduka, he will be useful.

  • Aussie dave

    Jan 24, 2008 at 2:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Viduka is a fantastic player when fit. Berbatov is about the only equal to him in world football when it comes to a big strong striker with great touch, and everyone is talking about paying craxy money for him.

    The problem for Dukes is that Sam kept instructing player to play the ball in the air. I have watched Viduka since he was 17, and if you give him the ball to his feet and he doesnt lose it and will bring others into the game, Owen will benefit.

    From an Aust perspective it would have been nice for Dukes to be back, we might have to settle for Cahill, Kewell, and McDonald from Celtic up front.

    By the way we should buy Timmy Cahill, the guys plays with heart and will get you 12 goals a season from midfield


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