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Football: Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new stars

Published on Apr 16, 2014 5:13 PM
 
The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup.-- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup.

The gifted Kewell, 35, made an emotional farewell on Saturday in front of 10,000 fans at Melbourne Heart's final game of the season, ending a career which also took him to Leeds, Liverpool and Turkish side Galatasaray.

As well as a relatively low-key finish for the man acclaimed as Australia's best-ever player, it evoked memories of the not-so-distant days when Socceroos dotted the English Premier League.

Kewell, Tim Cahill, Mark Schwarzer, Mark Viduka, Lucas Neill, Brett Emerton, John Aloisi and Craig Moore are all veterans of England's top flight, and they were also behind Australia's best World Cup performance in 2006.

 
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