ABOVE: Melbourne Heart captain Harry Kewell on the ball at Oakes Oval in the match against Brisbane Roar.
ABOVE: Melbourne Heart captain Harry Kewell on the ball at Oakes Oval in the match against Brisbane Roar.

Kewell still in the hunt for World Cup football

HE MAY have been overshadowed by hat-trick hero Besart Berisha, but do not write off Harry Kewell's chances of starring at next year's World Cup.

That was the message from Lismore football expert Craig Foster after seeing star attraction Kewell's performance for his Melbourne Heart side in the A-League trial clash against Brisbane Roar.

The Socceroos star, who joined the Heart earlier this year, is hoping a good season may help him catch the eye of Australian coach Holger Osieck ahead of next year's World Cup.

SBS football pundit Foster said the 34-year-old had shown he still had the ability to play at the highest level.

"I thought Harry was fantastic," Foster said. "I thought his passing at times was excellent, even if sometimes he was maybe on a different wavelength to his teammates.

"As a former teammate of his, I'd be delighted any time he pulls on a Socceroos jersey.

"I think we should be building towards the World Cup 2018, but Holger wants to have that experience around.

"If that is the path he is taking, then Harry has a chance."

Striker Berisha showed he could be the A-League man to watch again this year with a superbly-taken treble in his side's 3-0 win at Lismore's Oakes Oval.

Other standouts included Roar's German midfielder Thomas Broich, who caught the eye with some exquisite passing and movement.

"I think we saw one team that has six weeks training under its belts and another still working to get there," Foster said.

"I'm delighted that the kids here today could see players like Thomas Broich (and) I thought there were good signs from both teams."

This was the second consecutive year an A-League trial match has been held in Lismore, after the 2012 clash between Heart and Western Sydney Wanderers.

Foster also said bringing A-League teams to a regional centre was an important step in the sport's development in Australia.

"This has shown that the game is not just based in the major cities."

The real strength of the game is here and the grassroots of the game are enormous.

"This has been a huge winner for football in this area."



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